Eligible Hollywood Park residents may apply for an anticipated City Council vacancy through 5 p.m. April 30.

The background

Meeting March 19, council members said they would rather appoint someone to replace Chester Drash, the current Place 1 council representative who was the lone person to file for the May 4 mayoral election.

With council voting March 19 to cancel the town’s May 4 election due to no contested races, Drash is due to be sworn in as mayor after May 4, local officials said.

Current Mayor Sean Moore, who declined a re-election bid, said council could choose to appoint Drash’s replacement or order a special election to fill the upcoming vacancy council seat. Drash’s term in Place 1 will end in May 2025.

Take action

Local officials said eligible Hollywood Park residents interested in the Place 1 council post may send a note of interest to City Secretary Patrick Aten at [email protected] by 5 p.m. April 30. Town officials added that potential candidates may also submit a resume and biographical information by the deadline.

According to city officials, council members can expect to gather for a special meeting May 13 to review all letters of interest, biographies and resumes received from Place 1 hopefuls, interview those candidates and potentially approve an appointment.

"I like the idea of having candidates come up and talk with us,” Drash said.

Resident Alan Sale, who attended the March 19 council meeting, told council he would apply for the Place 1 vacancy.

Sale, president of Hollywood Park Economic Development Corp. board, voiced interest in offering his services as a council member. He said he also participates in community partnerships with Northside ISD.

"I'd like to continue supporting Hollywood Park," Sale said.