The City of Redmond is currently accepting applications to fill a vacant Council seat.
Councilor John Bullock resigned from the seat on November 9, to accept increased responsibilities on the Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees.
Since the vacancy occurred before the end of the elected term, Mayor George Endicott will select and seek City Council confirmation of a new member to finish the term, which runs through December 31, 2022.
“My goal is to have a new councilor on board by the end of the calendar year,” Endicott said.
Whoever is selected will need to successfully run for the seat in the 2022 election year – if they wish to remain on City Council beyond December 31, 2022.
Redmond residents who are interested in the vacant seat can apply by downloading the application at www.redmondoregon.gov/government/citycouncil or may request an application by contacting the City Recorder’s Office at 541-923-7751, or email Kelly.Morse@redmondoregon.gov.
Redmond City Council members act as the policy makers, as required by council/manager form of government set forth in the Oregon Revised Statutes.
“The concept is that you have an odd number of people right, so you are always going to have a majority vote,” Endicott said. “With this temporary vacancy we’ll have six. So. there is potentially for a tie vote, but as you know in democracy a tie vote is a no vote. We have never had that happen, but potentially it’s possible. I don’t see it, I don’t see anything on any of the upcoming agendas that are controversial enough that it might create that type of situation.”
The Council provides the City Manager (the Chief Executive Officer) with policy-making guidelines and performance objectives. The organization, led by the City Manager, advances these Council Goals throughout the fiscal year.
Regular City Council meetings generally occur the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Candidates should be prepared to invest at least 20-30 hours per month to fulfill the roles and responsibilities as a City Council member.
For more detail about the role of a City Councilor, please review the City Charter online at www.redmondoregon.gov/government/citycharter.
Applications for the vacant Council seat must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 29, 2021.