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Burbank City Council to Discuss Vacant City Council Appointment Process
Burbank, CA (April 20, 2018) – On April 24, the Burbank City Council will review its process to fill the vacant City Council seat created by Mayor Will Rogers’ recent passing. Under the City Charter, the Council has 30 days from the occurrence of the vacancy to fill the Council seat; and if it fails to do so, then the vacancy shall be filled by the Mayor with his or her selection.
As such, the City Council has until May 19, 2018, to fill the vacancy. If the Council fails to act by that day, then the Council Member appointed to serve as Mayor at the May 1, Council reorganization shall appoint the new City Councilmember. Whoever is appointed will serve out Mayor Rogers’ term that currently ends on May 1, 2019. According to the City Charter, the Vice Mayor shall act as the Mayor Pro Tempe through the May 1 reorganization.
Neither the Charter nor the Burbank Municipal Code provides specific details to the selection process. Thus the Council needs to decide what procedure to use to fill this vacancy. In the past, Council has filled vacancies in elected positions by advertising the vacancies, requesting residents to apply for the positions, holding interviews in open session and then making an appointment from those interviewed. The Council may decide to use a similar process to fill this vacancy.
Once this process is selected, applications for those interested will be posted and collected by the City Clerk. This information will be posted on the City’s website, BurbankCA.gov, after the process is agreed upon by the City Council.
The requirements to hold elected office is that the person has resided in the City for at least 29 days and is a Burbank registered voter.