Maricopa Council debates how to fill seat

Mayor Christian Price / Howard Waggner:Maricopa Monitor

By Brian Wright

Maricopa Monitor

City councilmember Alan Marchione resigned Oct. 4 amid numerous complaints of harassment from City staff members, and now the council is ready to find his replacement.

On Tuesday, the council voted to start accepting applications for Marchione’s vacant seat, with a deadline of 5 p.m. on Oct. 30 for submissions.

Marchione served roughly half of a four-year term, so whoever is appointed to the position will serve two years; the next council election will be November 2014.

“I want this to be as open and transparent as possible for the selection process,” mayor Christian Price said.

How the council will proceed with the interviews may depend on how many people apply for the position. Price said if there are fewer than 10 applicants, he would like to interview all of them in front of the public.

Based on the number of people who ran during the last election, the application pool could be small. In the previous council election, four people ran for three open seats.


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