Ferndale City Councilmembers Fred Kennedy and Cathy Watson recently announced their resignations from the council. As a result, the 7 person council is now short 2 members.
So the council needs to replace the councilmembers until the voters can elect people to serve out the remainder of the terms and have requested a call for applicants be made. City staff report the councilmembers have a preference for candidates who are not currently seeking elected office.
Today the City staff issued the following request for applicants from which the remaining councilmembers will choose and appoint by vote to hold the two vacant seats for about 6 months.
Applications are now being accepted to fill two vacancies on the Ferndale City Council due to the resignation of two Councilmembers.
Both vacant seats will be on the November ballot as two-year, unexpired terms; therefore, those appointed will serve only until the November election has been certified, at which point those candidates who prevail in the election will take office and serve for the rest of 2019, as well as the remaining two years on the unexpired terms.
Applicants should plan to attend the June 3, 2019 regular City Council meeting, during which they will have an opportunity to introduce themselves. The selected applicants may be sworn in that evening, and will begin to serve immediately. For instructions and an application packet, please click here.
Councilmembers are paid $600 per month. Applications must be submitted to City Hall by 5pm on Thursday, May 30th.
Both resigned seats were not up for reelection this year (they have 2 years remaining in their 4-year terms) but since the resignations occurred early enough in the year, they will appear on the August Primary and November General Election ballots.