Berkley accepting applications for council vacancy

 After the election of Daniel Terbrack as mayor earlier this month, the city of Berkley is accepting applications for his vacant seat on the City Council through Nov. 30.

After the election of Daniel Terbrack as mayor earlier this month, the city of Berkley is accepting applications for his vacant seat on the City Council through Nov. 30.

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By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published November 28, 2017

BERKLEY — With the election of Dan Terbrack as mayor of Berkley, there is an opening on the City Council that its members will look to fill soon.

During the Nov. 20 council meeting, Terbrack laid out the timeline for how they’ll plan to select a new member of the board, beginning with the city accepting resumes and a board and commission application until 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

“We have to move forward now, and we want to select a candidate after a very thorough process, but we are also under a timeline. We have 30 days from (Nov. 20) to fill that vacancy,” he said. Our city is full of incredibly passionate and talented people who would serve well as members of council.

Applications can be found at www.berkleymich.org and submitted to councilvacancy@berkleymich.net or in person at City Hall, 3338 Coolidge Highway.

After the deadline passes, Terbrack said the top candidates will be selected and notified, and at the Dec. 4 meeting, those candidates will have a chance to address residents and the council and outline their qualifications and desire to serve the community.

“Should there be a large number of candidates, there will be an ad-hoc committee of the City Council who will then be in charge of selecting top candidates for the vacancy,” he said.

After the meeting, the council will deliberate on the candidates. At the Dec. 18 meeting, a candidate will be nominated and voted on by the council members for the opening. If selected, the new council member will serve a two-year term beginning in January and that will end in November 2019.

“The role of the City Council member is to thoughtfully listen to their fellow residents and make wise decisions about expenditures on behalf of the city, and evaluating options and exploring ideas to improve our city’s infrastructure, continue to provide quality services, and thoughtfully promote the city in accordance with our vision and our values,” Mayor Pro Tem Steve Baker said.

“I look for a blend of practical experience, a familiarity with the city, and a commitment and passion to devote the time necessary to serve the residents well,” he said.