Morrisville Town Council looks to fill vacant seat

aramos@newsobserver.comDecember 12, 2013 

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    Information about the vacancy on the Morrisville Town Council and application requirements can be found at www.townofmorrisville.org and in the lobbies of Town Hall, the Morrisville Aquatics & Fitness Center and the Cedar Fork Community Center.

— The Town Council is looking for someone to fill the seat left vacant by Mark Stohlman, who was sworn in as mayor on Tuesday.

The council will appoint Stohlman’s replacement. Interested applicants must submit a resume and statement of interest to the town clerk’s office by Jan. 17.

As part of the process, applicants will be asked to include reasons they want to serve on the council.

Vicki Scroggins-Johnson, who was elected to the council’s District 4 seat last month, successfully pushed to also require applicants to include information about their community involvement and ways they are connected to the community.

“We anticipate a large number of (people) are going to apply,” Scroggins-Johnson said. “Their community involvement, it’s a necessity. It will help us assess their strengths.”

All applicants must live in Morrisville town limits and be registered to vote in town elections.

The appointee will be paid $9,400 a year, along with travel and training benefits, electronic equipment if needed and the option for medical and dental benefits.

This is the third time in seven years there has been a vacancy on the seven-member Town Council.

The council hasn’t always chosen to appoint another member.

In January 2011, At-large Councilman Tom Murry was sworn into office in the N.C. House Representatives.

There wasn’t much time to vet candidates before the fall elections, so the council decided to leave the seat vacant.

Steve Rao won the seat in November 2011 and was re-elected for a full term this year.

This time around, the Town Council is using a similar process to one used in 2006 when then-District 2 Councilwoman Jackie Holcombe left her seat for health reasons.

The council accepted resumes and appointed Hill Carrow to finish Holcombe’s District 2 term. The entire process took about three months, and Carrow did not seek re-election.

Holcombe battled cancer and returned to the council as mayor a few years later.

There is no timeline yet for appointing someone to the existing at-large seat.

“We need to see what kind of volume we’re going to get before we can decide how to get that to a manageable number,” Stohlman said. “All of us have diverse backgrounds. We’re looking for someone who can help lead us forward.”

Stohlman said the council will likely discuss the selection process during its Jan. 28 meeting.

Ramos: 919-460-2609; Twitter: @AlianaCaryNews

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