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Farmington seeks candidates for vacant City Council seat

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published January 8, 2020

The City Council unanimously approved the resignation of now former council member Bill Galvin Jan. 6. 

That was the easy part. 

His departure leaves a vacant seat on the City Council, which council members are now charged with filling. Council members have 60 days to fill the seat. If they can’t come to an agreement on whom to appoint as Galvin’s successor within that time, the position goes to a vote in a special election. 

Residents are eligible to serve as long as they have lived in Farmington for at least one year, are 18 years old and do not owe the city money. 

Interested individuals must complete an application — highlighting their previous professional and public service experience, educational achievements, and special skills, if applicable — and a one-page questionnaire asking applicants to share their thoughts on various big issues currently facing the city. 

Applications are due by noon Jan. 23. They can be submitted electronically or in person to the City Clerk’s Office. Council members will convene Jan. 29 to discuss and select candidates to interview. Interviews will be held Feb. 10, with additional dates being added if necessary. 

City Council members hope to make an appointment Feb. 18. 

“We have to get this done in 60 days. We can’t afford the loss of time in not having a fifth council member and the cost associated with having a special election — that’s just unfair,” Bowman told C & G Newspapers previously. “We’re really going to have to put our heads together, but we have a little breathing room.”

Residents can access the application here. Questions and more information can be found by contacting Farmington City Clerk Mary Mullison at (248) 474-5500, ext. 2218.