“Rather than going through a wide-open public process, and in recognition that there is not much time remaining in the council term, council may wish to truncate the process of filling the vacancy in Ward 1,” the report says.
Most of the applicants don't live in Ward 8 anyway, the report says, although “caution should be exercised as there may be other individuals who are only interested in the Ward 1 vacancy who did not apply to the Ward 8 vacancy and who would be excluded should this option be selected.”
City council will decide Tuesday whether to start the process again, or appoint two councillors at the special meeting Wednesday. If they go that route, staff would ask all of the Ward 8 applicants whether they are interested in the Ward 1 vacancy, as well.
“If this option is selected, the nominating committee would deal with an addendum at their meeting of June 25, which addendum item would be the filling of the vacancy in Ward 1.”
Among those who have applied include four people who live in Ward 8, three from Ward 10, three from Ward 7, and one each from wards 4, 2 and 1.
If city council decides to seek nominations for the Ward 1 vacancy, the nominating committee meeting would be held Aug. 11. That means the replacement councillor would only attend a handful of meetings before the October election.