They are only bound by that timeline.” When presented with a situation similar to this in the past, the council chose to advertise for a replacement, or it simply knew of a candidate willing to join and then appointed him or her, according to Klaphake. Leading up to Tuesday’s meeting, council members have debated the merits of both the screening interview process and the option to interview all 17 applicants. Though some are concerned that interviewing such a large number of candidates would prevent any in-depth examination, others on the council see it as an issue of transparency. “I get that it could potentially be time consuming,” Councilwoman Alexandra Lynch said. “But I really feel that the whole process needs to take place in public meetings. best site“If (applicants) meet the most basic criteria of what’s in the charter, then (they) are part of the interview pool. see it hereThen all of those interviews take place in a public meeting that’s televised; the screening thing just feels as backroom as can be.” Though too late to be brought to this year’s ballot, both Lafayette residents and officials have voiced the need for more deliberate language toward filling council vacancies outside of the election period. “The city charter is nebulous about how candidates are chosen in order to be voted on for a vacant City Council seat,” Uhland said. “In fact, the charter language for filling a Planning Commission vacancy is more stringent and involved than it is for a vacancy for an elected position like City Council.” “I don’t think we can get it on the ballot this fall because it’s way too quick,” Councilman Brad Wiesley said last month. “I think we ought to do some work on this for 2017 to clarify the charter as to how this process works.
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