Century Town will kick off the new year with a holiday meeting to appoint two new town council members.
The Council will meet Monday night – January 2nd, a federal and public holiday.
Since no one is seeking election, two seats on the council have been opened, so the process of filling them permanently over a period of months begins.
When the House meets Monday night, Sandra McMurray Jackson will be sworn in for another term after running unopposed. After that, the council will appoint two members to serve until a special election for the seats, which is likely to take place in March 2023.
At least five citizens have formally expressed interest in a temporary appointment, according to a city document. They are Shelisa Abraham, Michelle Dixon, Edward (Eddie) Hammond, Alicia Johnson and Corinda Pfeiffer. Johnson told town officials she did not intend to run for council during the special election, while the other four said they would likely run for election.
During the last council meeting of 2022, James Smith Jr. said he wouldn’t rule out putting his name on the special election ballot. He chose not to run for re-election in 2022, as did Leonard White who resigned last September.
Tuesday, January 2nd is the holiday of the century. The Town Hall will be closed for normal business. The council meeting will take place over the holiday because the city charter states that council members will be sworn in on the first Monday in January. There is no provision in the Charter for the swearing-in ceremony to be held if it falls on a holiday.