Lakeville's 2013 City Council outlined its plan Monday to fill the vacant seat created by Matt Little's election to mayor.
Anyone living in Lakeville can apply to fill Little's vacated council seat, per a resolution approved by the new council on Jan. 7. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 24.
On Jan. 29, the council will review applications at a work session, and proceed to interviews if needed. A final replacement will be added to the council in mid-February.
When then-Councilor Little was elected to mayor on Nov. 6 last year, his council seat—and the final two years of the term—were to become vacated when he took the oath of office for mayor. That happened on Jan. 7.
The council is following the same mold it used last time a council seat needed filling. In 2009 Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Committee member Kevin Miller was tapped to fill Wendy Wulff's seat on the council when she left for a full-time job with the Metropolitan Council. Miler was selected after an application and interview process.
Coincidentally, Miller was later ousted by Matt Little when he ran for re-election on the council in 2010.
Persons interested in applying for the City Council seat must only be a U.S. citizen, a qualified voter who is at least 21 years old, and reside in Lakeville.
The application is available at City Hall and is fairly standard—it's a form that asks applicants to provide basic information, including employment and education background. It will also ask questions pertinent to that of the council, such as how the council can encourage citizen involvement, and applicant philosophies about local government and its scope.
Applications can be returned to City Hall in person, by mail—20195 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, MN 55044—or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to Little being sworn in as mayor, Councilor-elect Doug Anderson took his oath of office, as well as incumbent Councilor Kerrin Swecker.
Minnesota Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea administered the oath to Little.
Dakota County Judge Thomas Poch administered the oath to the council members.