Process for selecting new City Council member

Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom

City Council Vice Chair Carl Eskridge says the process for appointing a new member will be “fair, balanced, and open to any Lincoln resident who wishes to apply.”

City Council Chair Adam Hornung announced his intention to resign prior to the next City Council meeting November 19th. Eskridge will become Chair after Hornung's resignation.

Eskridge said the Council rules allow for a nomination by each Council member and Council vote, but State law dictates that either the Mayor or City Council Chair nominates candidates for Council vote. He said the process used when the late Jayne Snyder resigned in 2011 was an effort to reconcile the language of Council rules and State law.

“To ensure we follow State law while still recognizing the spirit of our Council rules, I believe we should adopt the same process used previously, but with some modification to encourage more people to consider serving,” Eskridge said.

Eskridge offered the following process and timeline for replacement:

-Any Lincoln resident interested in being considered for appointment to the Council can apply by sending an email and a resume to the City Council at Nominations will be accepted until 4 PM on Tuesday, November 27th. The names will be released publicly that evening.

-Applications will be reviewed for one week, and each Council member and the Mayor will select one person for interviews. Council members will submit their choices to the Council Chair by 4 PM December 4th. Individual Council and Mayoral nominations will be released later that evening.

-Interviews with the nominated candidates will be held in early December. The public will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with the candidates at an open house.

-After the interviews, the Council Chair will meet with the Mayor. They will offer their nominations to the full City Council for vote at the Monday, December 17th Council meeting.

“Adam Hornung has been an outstanding Council member. He has been strong and passionate advocate for a variety of issues. He has served his fellow citizens honorably and with distinction. Adam has contributed to Lincoln's growing national reputation as a great place to live and do business. He will be missed. Lincoln is fortunate to have a number of outstanding individuals who could serve the City well during remainder of Adam's term. I am confident this process will give those people an opportunity to be considered and still meet our state and local requirements,” Eskridge concluded.