110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Aug 20, 2014 - 2:25:30pm
Four people so far have submitted completed applications for a seat on the DeLand City Commission that was vacated by former Commissioner Phil Martin, City Clerk Julie Hennessy told commissioners at their Aug. 18 meeting.
Another half-dozen or so people have picked up applications but have not yet returned them, Hennessy said.
Based on the response to date, Hennessy estimates as many as a dozen people may submit applications by the Thursday, Aug. 28, deadline. Because that is two days after the city elections, it’s possible some of those candidates could apply, since commission seats are not assigned to specific zones within the city.
As of Aug. 18, these individuals had applied:
* Chris Cloudman, associate director of continuing education at Stetson University,
* John Michael Sheehy, career-development coordinator at Stetson University,
* Kenneth Bradley, a retired insurance-agency owner, and
* Michael Arth, a self-employed real-estate developer and property manager.
Any resident who has lived within the city limits for at least six months and who signs a qualification oath may apply, according to the city charter. A full list of qualifications is available at the city clerk's office.
At an earlier meeting, commissioners decided they’ll meet Sept. 2, 3 and 4 to whittle down the applications and conduct interviews. They will reconvene Sept. 8 to make a decision, and the new commissioner will be sworn in Sept. 9.
Depending on how many applications there are, Hennessy suggested the commission might consider having two processes in place for winnowing the field, conducting interviews and making its selection. One process might be used for a smaller number of candidates, while a different method might be more appropriate for a larger pool.
However, commissioners decided to keep it simple: meet Sept. 2 to “short-list” the applications, no matter how many, with one or two questions each. Commissioners will meet again Sept. 8 to make a final decision, then swear in the new commissioner Sept. 9. A regular City Commission meeting will be held Sept. 3, and another special meeting could be Sept. 4 to continue narrowing the list of applicants if the process cannot be completed Sept. 2.
Martin resigned his seat effective July 31 because he took a job out of town that required him to relocate. The city’s charter requires the City Commission to name his successor within 45 days, which in this case is Sept. 14.
Anyone wishing to apply for the vacancy has until noon Aug. 28 to submit a completed application to the clerk’s office, where a full list of requirements is available.
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