City Council Vacancy

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The Bend City Council plans to declare a vacancy on the Council on Jan, 2, 2019, when Sally Russell becomes Mayor. Russell will vacate the remaining two years of Council Position 3, with a term expiration of December 2020.

The Bend Charter requires that a vacancy on the Council be filled within 30 days of declaring the vacancy, by a Council appointment.

Councilors approved an application process at their meeting on Dec. 5, 2018, to begin the appointment process. In consideration of the timeline, Council will begin accepting applications immediately. The Council will review applications and then conduct interviews.

Applicants must complete an online application and submit a letter of interest which may address such areas as reasons for wanting to serve on the Council, working as a part of a team and representing various areas of the community.

The City Council vacancy application can be found here:

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Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. The Council will review the applications then can select candidates for interviews. The Council anticipates conducting interviews the week of January 14, and expects to make an appointment at the regular Council meeting on Wednesday, January 16.

The Council aims to have the appointment made prior to the start of its goal-setting process, which takes place in early February. Dates, times and locations for all meetings associated with this process will be available on the City Calendar once scheduled.

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