Deadline looms for Asheville City Council applications

Less than 24 hours remain before the city of Asheville will stop taking applications to fill a vacant seat on City Council. The seat was held by outdoing Council member Holly Jones, who was recently elected to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. In a departure from precedent, Council has decided to take applications from any city resident interested in filling the seat for the remaining year of the term.

The deadline for those applications is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 26. To apply, print out the application found here, then deliver it to the city clerk’s office in City Hall before that deadline.

So far, 21 people have applied for the seat, City Clerk Maggie Burleson told Xpress this afternoon. The applications, she says, “are coming in like water,” and she expects more to arrive before the deadline.

After tomorrow’s deadline, Burleson says, she’ll take a few hours to convert the applications to PDF files, and then place on them on the city’s Web site as part of the next City Council agenda package.

In the coming weeks, Council members will determine who they want to interview for the seat. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, before its formal session, Council will conduct the interviews, then, during the meeting, members will vote to appoint the new member.

— Jon Elliston, managing editor

SHARE
About Jon Elliston
An Asheville-based mountain journalist: Former Mountain Xpress managing editor. Investigations and open government editor at Carolina Public Press. Senior contributing editor at WNC magazine.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.