The city of Montgomery is now accepting applications for the position of City Council, Place 5, which was left vacant after City Council member Dave McCorquodale resigned Oct. 9 to take the position of the new assistant city administrator in Montgomery.
According to a Nov. 16 news release from the city, City Council members are unpaid and act on behalf of the city by adopting ordinances, regulations and declarations regarding all functions of the city.
Interested City Council applicants are required to:
- be a U.S. citizen
- be at least 18 years old
- not have been determined to be totally mentally incapacitated
- not have been determined to be partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote
- have resided continuously in the state for 12 months
- have resided in Montgomery for six months immediately preceding the date of appointment
- have not been convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities
- be registered to vote in Montgomery
Applications can be found at the city of Montgomery website; applications can then be forwarded to City Secretary Susan Hensley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in the position must submit their application by 4 p.m. Dec. 5.
However, City Administrator Jack Yates said the City Council is not required to appoint anyone to the open seat, and the seat can remain vacant until the next city election in May 2019.
Meanwhile, McCorquodale began his full-time position of assistant city administrator on Oct. 10. McCorquodale was elected to City Council in May 2013 and served until Oct. 9. His background includes degrees in landscape architecture, regional and community planning, and in natural resources and environmental science.
Before taking on the role of assistant city administrator, McCorquodale said he worked as a landscape architect in Texas since 2012. As assistant city administrator, McCorquodale will assist Yates in his workload, provide insight on development projects and eventually oversee the city’s planning and zoning commission.
“I hope to be able to help guide the incoming growth that the city is going to experience in a way that is going to benefit both the residents who are here now and the new residents that will be here as a result of the development,” McCorquodale said.