Upper Arlington residents interested in being appointed to a seat on the city council will have until Nov. 2 to submit their names for consideration.

Upper Arlington residents interested in being appointed to a seat on the city council will have until Nov. 2 to submit their names for consideration.

Council members are currently deciding how to go about filling the remainder of the term held by council member Wade Steen, who announced on Sept. 12 that he is resigning from council, effective Oct. 10.

As the remaining council members are responsible for filling a council seat vacated in mid-term, council president Frank Ciotola said the city will be accepting applications for the seat until Nov. 2.

There was debate at the Sept. 26 council meeting over whether the process should be discussed behind closed doors. When a motion was made to go into executive session to discuss filling the seat — the process, not individual candidates — some council members spoke against the decision.

“If this is about the process of appointing the vacancy, I would prefer it to be in a public session,” council member Debbie Johnson said. “Once we get to the point where we have a group of individuals that we are considering, then I think absolutely we should do that in executive session. I think the process needs to be transparent, and I’m a little worried we’re hiding that transparency behind closed doors.”

Council entered executive session by a 4-3 vote, with Johnson, Mary Ann Krauss and Ed Seidel voting against the measure and Steen, Ciotola, Erik Yassenoff and David DeCapua voted in favor.

“The reason I objected is that I felt the subject was not an appropriate executive session topic, because we are very limited by what we can discuss (in executive session),” Krauss told ThisWeek.

Ciotola said he was surprised by the debate.

“I thought it would be an opportunity for council to all get on the same page with the process that we wanted to use,” he said. “We did the same thing for the city manager search.

“I wasn’t adamant about (going into executive session), and nobody called me ahead of time expressing concerns, so I was surprised at the meeting.”

Council’s chosen appointee will fill the remainder of Steen’s term.