Published: Dec 07, 2012 07:11 PM
Modified: Dec 07, 2012 07:13 PM
CHAPEL HILL - The town will accept applications until Jan. 7 from residents who want to serve on the Town Council.
The new member will serve the remainder of former council member Penny Rich’s term, which expires in December 2013.
A swearing-in ceremony could be held as early as Jan. 28. Rich vacated her seat Dec. 2 after winning election to the Orange County Commissioners this year.
At least five residents have expressed interest in applying for the open seat: mortgage lender Jon DeHart, former Council member Sally Greene, Southern Village resident Gary Kahn, minister and former educator Maria Palmer and Planning Board member Amy Ryan.
While there is no official application form, town officials are looking for a written statement of no more than 500 words about issues facing the town and why the person is interested in serving on the Town Council.
The new member will have a say in several major decisions this year, including development projects, transportation and how the 2020 Comprehensive Plan is implemented. The post also could give the appointee a higher profile heading into November’s general election.
In addition to Rich’s seat, council members Laurin Easthom, Gene Pease and Ed Harrison are up for re-election next year.