Nearly 2 dozen citizens have filed an application to fill the vacant District 1 Sanford City Commission seat and more applications are expected.
As of 2:45 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 22 people had turned in applications to City Clerk Traci Houchin for the District 1 seat. The deadline for to submit an application is noon (12 p.m.) Monday, June 22. Those interested in applying for the position should click here.
The District 1 seat is vacant after Mayor Jeff Triplett announced June 8 he was running for Seminole County Property Appraiser. Florida law requires elected officials to resign from their current office in order to run for a different office.
At their June 8 meeting, commissioners appointed District 1 City Commissioner Art Woodruff to serve as mayor, thus leaving his seat vacant. The commission must now appoint a citizen to that seat.
Commissioners will discuss the process for choosing a replacement from the applications received at their June 22 meeting. The meeting will be live streamed on The Bokey’s Facebook page.
The Sanford city charter requires the city commission to appoint a replacement for for any vacancies within 30 days.
Although there is a regular city election schedule Aug. 18 for city commission seats in Districts 3 and 4, the charter also states that if a vacancy takes place with less than 6 months before a city election, the appointee will serve the remaining term, In this case, Woodruff and the new appointee will not run for election until August 2022.
At Monday’s meeting, The commission is also expected to discuss changing the charter to allow for special elections instead of lengthy city commission appointments.