The McKinney City Council is planning to fill the District 1 City Council seat until an elected council member is sworn in following the May 2021 local election.

At a specially called City Council meeting Nov. 10, Council agreed that it was important to appoint representation for District 1 in McKinney but that it needed time before making that decision.

“I think it’s important that we fill the seat, obviously not hastily, but that we have representation from District 1,” Mayor George Fuller said during the meeting. “Contrary to what some narratives have been, we want a constructive resident of District 1 to represent District 1. Their voice is extremely important to this council and to the city.”

Council agreed to bring names for the appointment to the Dec. 1 City Council meeting.

City Attorney Mark Houser said the process for appointment is entirely up to council; however, to qualify for the seat the appointee would have to have been a registered voter for at least a year, a resident of the district for at least a year and a resident of McKinney for at least a year.

Council could agree on an appointee at a specially called meeting in the early afternoon Dec. 1, Houser said. This would give city staff time to verify that the appointee meets the qualifications, and then, the vacant seat could be filled for the 6 p.m. meeting.

The District 1 City Council seat is currently vacant following council making the Nov. 3 election results official at its Nov. 10 meeting. The majority of McKinney voters in the Nov. 3 election voted to remove La’Shadion Shemwell from his position on council by recall.

The recall election came toward the end of Shemwell’s three-year term on council, which would have expired in May 2021.