The applicant list for a Ward 1 City Council seat is short. So short, in fact it is non existent.
Mayor Brant Shallenburger said the call for applicants to fill the seat since the resignation of Councilor Jim Palmer has gone unheeded.
Applications are being taken at the City Clerk’s office in City Hall until noon Thursday. A special meeting is slated Monday, June 26, to interview and possibly vote on the replacement.
Ward 1 encompasses the northern quarter of the city.
City councilors must reside in the Ward they represent. Regular Council meetings are the first and third Monday of each week at City Hall. Special meetings and retreats are scheduled as needed.
Palmer, who was also appointed to fill an unexpired term, resigned the Ward 1 post effective June 5 to take the superintendent’s job at Vinita Schools.
Since the 2005 elections the Council has appointed two positions — Palmer and Tony Mullenger.
According to City Charter, the Council’s option to take applications, interview and appoint a councilor for Ward 1 will expire July 5.
Should a council member not be appointed, the City will be required to go into a special election.
“That is a pretty expensive process,” Shallenburger said. Regular city elections are slated for odd years, the next being in the spring of 2007.
“Right now is a crossroads for the city,” Shallenburger said, “an opportunity to really go forward, really make the changes to make this the greatest city in Oklahoma.
“We need someone to step in and help us do that.”
“There’s reward in knowing what your doing effects the future for your kids, your grandkids and yourself in the city where you live,” Shallenburger said.
Many of the current councilors have initially joined the Council as an appointee. In addition to Mullenger, other Council appointees include Shallenburger who was first appointed to fill an unexpired term and later ran for office, as did Mick Webber and Buddy Robertson.