The impending departure of Brian Sauer in July will leave Pickerington City Council with six members.
As a result, the city has started the process of soliciting applications from eligible city residents to fill Sauer's vacant seat for the remainder of this term, which ends Dec. 31, 2015.
Sauer announced in May he had to vacate his seat on council because a residency clause in the Pickerington City Charter requires sitting council members live within the city's boundaries.
Because he purchased a house in Violet Township and is relocating there, Sauer will no longer be a Pickerington city resident and will have to vacate his seat.
June 13, Pickerington City Council's Administration Committee voted 2-0 to authorize City Clerk Lynda Yartin to advertise for the open position.
Yartin said a notice and application were included in the city's utility bills that went out in a mailing Friday, June 28.
In addition, application materials can be accessed from the city's website and there is also a link to the website on the city's Facebook page Yartin said.
"We're taking applications until July 19 at 4 p.m., filed with me in my office," Yartin said.
Once all the applications are received, Yartin said she will go through the process of verifying every applicant's qualifications.
She said there are really only two basic requirements that qualify one to serve on City Council.
"They need to be a resident of the city and a registered voter (verified) through the Board of Elections," Yartin said.
She said it's imperative potential applicants know where they live.
"There are people who actually think they are in the city when they're not," she said.
City Council's Rules Committee will conduct interviews for the council vacancy Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30, both in closed-doors meetings, scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall.
Yartin said additional interview dates might be added.
"It depends in how many applications we get," she said.
"The ads haven't even went out yet and already three people have asked for applications," she said.
Pickerington City Council members are non-partisan and serve at large with no compensation.
City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Pickerington City Hall, 100 Lockville Road.
Yartin said if anybody has questions, they can call her at (614) 837-3974 ext. 1138.
For additional information, go to the the city's website: pickerington.net