Park City prepares to make midterm City Council appointment
City Hall later this month will begin accepting applications for a midterm Park City Council vacancy as Andy Beerman, who now holds the seat, prepares to ascend to the mayor’s office in early January.
The municipal government on Thursday outlined a process that starts in late December and is expected to be completed in January. Beerman’s term on the City Council ends in early January of 2020, and the person who is appointed would need to campaign in the City Hall election that year to attempt to secure a full, four-year term. Beerman said Thursday night he intends to step down from the City Council position on Dec. 27. It is rare for a City Council appointment to be made midterm, something that has only occurred after the death of an elected official or after someone won another elected office.
City Hall will begin accepting applications for the City Council seat on Dec. 27. The deadline for submittals is noon on Jan. 5. Beerman and the four City Councilors are scheduled to conduct interviews with the candidates for the midterm appointment on Jan. 11. The interviews will be held in public. There could be additional meetings scheduled depending on the number of people who apply. The City Council is poised to vote on an appointment at a meeting on Jan. 23. There will be four members of the City Council at that point since Beerman will have taken office as the mayor, and the mayor would break any tie vote on an appointment. The person selected will take office immediately.
Someone must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 and a registered voter inside Park City. They also must have lived inside the Park City limits for 365 or more consecutive days. City Hall published a map showing the municipal boundaries as part of the announcement of the process. There have been people during past City Hall elections desiring to mount a campaign even though they live outside the Park City limits. Someone cannot be a convicted felon and they must agree to authorize a background check.
It will be a closely watched process as the community prepares for significant changes in the makeup of the slate of elected officials. Three of the six elected officials will be newcomers to their seats once the City Council appointment is made. Beerman will be the new mayor, Steve Joyce, who is now a member of the Park City Planning Commission, won a City Council seat in November and will take office in early January, and the person selected will join them shortly afterward.
There has not been chatter about potential candidates for the appointment, but the political talk will almost certainly start quickly with City Hall’s publication of information about the process.
The person selected will start their work at the Marsac Building at a time when the municipal government is especially busy with a broad range of high-level issues. City Hall continues to aggressively pursue a housing program, officials have started talks about advancing social equity, the environmental platform continues and officials are involved in the discussions about the possibility of the state pursuing a Winter Olympics as early as the 2026 event.
City Hall is scheduled to hold an open house designed for people considering the appointment on Dec. 19. It is slated to start at 6 p.m. and run an hour in the community room on the third floor of the Park City Library.
The application is similar to those used when City Hall needs to fill a position on a municipal board or commission, such as the Park City Planning Commission. It asks about someone’s involvement in Park City, why someone is interested in serving as a City Councilor and what skills or qualities someone would bring to the five-person panel.
Information and applications are available on the municipal website, http://www.parkcity.org. Select ‘Election Information’ in the ‘Government’ tab. The direct link is: http://parkcity.org/government/election-information. More information is also available by contacting Michelle Kellogg, the Park City recorder, at 615-5007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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