The search is on for a replacement for an outgoing member of the Lansing City Council.
The search is on for a replacement for an outgoing member of the Lansing City Council. The city announced Friday that it would be seeking residents interested in a position on the council representing Ward 3, generally described as the west-central part of the city. Councilman Billy Blackwell has held the seat since he was elected in 2011. In November, Blackwell won the city’s mayoral seat, becoming the first new full-term mayor for Lansing in nearly 27 years upon the retirement of longtime leader Ken Bernard. Blackwell’s unexpired council term will last through April 2015. City Clerk Amber McCullough said the city purposefully delayed the announcement, but not because the new ward map was only approved Thursday night. “We just didn’t want to put it out there too early, since the seat won’t actually be vacant until (Blackwell) takes the oath of office Jan. 3,” she said. Qualified applicants for the position must be at least 18 years old, a resident of Ward 3, a U.S. citizen and registered to vote. McCullough said applications are available at Lansing City Hall and directly though the city’s website, www.lansing.ks.us. Completed applications will be due back to the city by 5 p.m. Jan. 4. McCullough said the council will pick the candidate to fill the seat. “They will make the final decision,” she said. “But they will probably have interviews, kind of like what they’ve done for the (Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1) fire board,” she said. McCullough said she has not had any inquiries on the position yet, nor has she received any applications.