Roseville councilman resigns; council seeks to fill seat

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 2, 2016




Councilman Sam Aiuto resigned from his position on the Roseville City Council Jan. 26, citing work-related issues that keep him from devoting more time to city business.

“Every meeting when it’s time for our comments and it’s my turn, I end it with, ‘Take care of each other.’ Tonight I’m taking care of Sam,” Aiuto said. “I am resigning my seat on City Council. My work life is keeping me very busy and I can’t take on something if I’m not going to give it 100 percent.”

With the city’s budget season approaching, Aiuto said his replacement needed to be someone who could be involved with that process and “grab the reins” to move the city forward.

The city started taking applications to fill the empty seat through the City Manager’s Office Feb. 1, with a deadline of noon Feb. 5. Candidates need to be residents of the city for at least two years, be registered voters and not be in default with the city. Candidates may submit letters of interest to the City Manager's Office at 29777 Gratiot Ave.

City Clerk Richard Steenland said the city charter does not require any particular method to fill a council vacancy.

“It’s up to City Council to decide the process they want to pursue,” Steenland said. “Basically the City Council can put together a process they choose — there’s nothing specific as far as any specific process. They can hold interviews and make an appointment, they can accept letters of interest and make the appointment; frankly, they don’t have to do anything — they can just make an appointment.”

The City Council has a special meeting scheduled Feb. 9 before its regular meeting to discuss what process it will use to fill the vacancy, Steenland added. Whoever the council chooses for the seat will serve until November 2017, when the next city election takes place.

Aiuto recommended that City Council appoint Tim Hoste, a former councilman appointed to fill a vacancy after John Chirkun was elected to the state Legislature. Hoste lost his seat in last November’s election. Aiuto added that he realized the decision was up to the council.

Aiuto ended his remarks by thanking his supporters.

“It’s been an honor, a true honor, representing you,” he said.