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