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City workshop focuses on charter amendments and filling council vacancy

PRESCOTT-Tuesday's Prescott City Council workshop agenda has more public comments and presentations than it does discussion items.

Interim City Manager Craig McConnell said the council would talk about seven city charter amendments appearing on the November General Election ballot.

McConnell noted that the amendments "reflect discussions during recent council meetings." During the budget process, there was discussion on which employees work for whom. The amendments state that while the council appoints the city clerk and city attorney, those employees are responsible for creating their department budgets and overseeing department employees.

One amendment would provide options for filling a council vacancy. If voters approve, the council could either appoint for the remainder of the unexpired term or appoint until the next scheduled election if the vacancy occurs more than 30 days before nomination petitions are due.

In the current vacancy created by the resignation of Tammy Linn, the council must appoint a person to fill the seat until a special election in conjunction with the November election.

Linn announced her resignation June 13, effective July 14. She is moving with her family to North Dakota where her husband has accepted a job.

The city charter requires the council to fill the vacancy within 31 days of the departure of a member.

Anyone interested in running for the two years remaining of Linn's term must file an election packet by 5 p.m. Aug. 11 with the city clerk's office.

City Clerk Elizabeth Burke received 17 applications for the temporary council seat.

Tuesday afternoon the council will discuss how it will conduct the public interviews.

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