Applications to fill vacancy on Tempe City Council will open on April 16

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Tempe, AZ – The Tempe City Council today authorized city staff to move forward with an application process to fill the vacancy left by former councilmember Kolby Granville, who was removed from office last week. As authorized by the Tempe City Charter, the Council will review applications, conduct interviews, and select a new councilmember to complete Granville’s term, which ends in July 2020.

The City Council Vacancy Application will be available at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at tempe.gov/clerk.

Applicants must be qualified electors in Tempe, at least 18 years of age on May 9, 2019, and have lived in Tempe for the last two years or longer. Additionally, applicants who intend to run for a City Council seat in an upcoming election will not be considered.

Application selection timeline

April 15 – City Council Special Meeting and authorization to proceed

April 16 – Recruitment begins at 8 a.m.

April 22 – Applications, including a resume, due by 5 p.m. in the Tempe City Clerk’s Office or to [email protected]

April 25 – City Council Executive Session discussion of applicants

May 2 – Interviews will be held at the Work Study Session for up to three applicants; public comment will be taken. City Council Executive Session discussion of finalists.

May 9 – Appointment will be voted on and swearing in to take place at Regular Council Meeting

Background

Council voted last week to remove Councilmember Kolby Granville from office for violating the Council’s Code of Conduct related to incidents of alleged sexual impropriety and providing alcohol to underage women.

According to the City Charter, the Council can appoint a replacement councilmember within 30 days of a vacancy. If a replacement is not appointed within 30 days, they can call for a special election to be held no sooner than 90 days after the vacancy.

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