Thursday September 22, 2011
For Immediate Release:
Louisvill eMetro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
The Metro Council received the official “Findings and Order” from the Council Court regarding the removal of Councilwoman Judith Green, thereby declaring the District 1 Office vacant.
Per Metro Council Rules the vacancy shall be filled pursuant to KRS 67C.103 (12) which states that . . . “in the case of a vacancy on the consolidated local government council by reason of death, resignation, or removal, the council by majority vote of the membership shall elect a qualified resident of the council district not later than thirty (30) days after the date the vacancy occurs.”
“Now that the Metro Council can put this situation behind us, we have a responsibility to the citizens of District 1 to ensure the best candidate is selected.” says Council President Jim King (D-10). “We will use these next 30 days to thoroughly review the candidates in determining who best can move the district forward.”
Individuals interested in being considered for the vacant seat must be 21 years of age, subjected to a background check, be a qualified voter and been a resident of District 1 for at least one (1) year immediately prior to being appointed by the Council to fill unoccupied seat per KRS 67C.103. In addition, applicants have only seven (7) days beginning Thursday, September 22nd until the close of business on Wednesday, September 28th at 5:00 p.m. to submit a cover letter with their resume to Metro Council Clerk, Kathy Herron at 601 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. Email will not be accepted.
The Council will have 30 days to complete the entire process from beginning to end. They will start with reviewing all resumes and submitting names of those candidates they wish to personally interview to the Council Clerk for a yet to be determined, special meeting of the Council. At the conclusion of those interviews the Council will convene again, at either a regular Council meeting or another special meeting to formally elect the candidate who will fill the District 1 vacancy left by the removal of Dr. Judith Green.
The person selected to fill the District 1 vacancy would be required to successfully run in the May 2012 Primary in order to be eligible for the November 2012 General Election. If elected, they would fill the remaining two years of the unexpired term of Green before having to run again in 2014.
“This has been a difficult process on everyone involved,” says King. “Our main objective now is to assure the residents of District 1 they have an effective and responsible leader for the future.”Sponsor:
Jim King (D) 10