City Council Vacancy

Thank you for your interest in serving as a district council member for the City of Topeka.

The resignation of Councilmember Aaron Mays was effective October 7, 2019.  The resignation creates a vacancy that will be filled by the governing body in accordance with Topeka Municipal Code Sections A2-29 and 2.15.080.  The appointee will serve until the November 2021 election, at which time the electors of District 7 will elect a representative to serve a four-year term.

Council District 7 Boundary Map

Governing Body Meetings and Processes
The Notice of Vacancy will be published in the Topeka Metro News on October 14, 2019. Applicants will have two weeks to submit applications.

 

How to Apply

Download the City Council Vacancy Application

The application shall include the following:

  1. A statement of qualifications and personal background.
  2. A statement addressing why the applicant wishes to serve in the office of mayor or councilmember (as applicable).
  3. A statement addressing what the applicant sees as the number one problem facing Topeka city government and how the applicant would seek to address the problem if chosen to serve.

 

Application Submission

  • Applications Accepted: October 14, 2019 through October 28, 2019. Applications will be accepted two weeks from publication date (October 14, 2019) pursuant to TMC 2.15.080(b)
  • Application Deadline: October 28, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.  
  • Submit Applications to:
    City Clerk’s Office
    215 SE 7th Street, Room 166
    Topeka, KS 66603
  • Application Fee/Petition:  Submit with the application an application fee in the amount of $50.00 payable to the City of Topeka OR a Petition signed by 50 qualified electors of District No. 7.

 

Interview Process

Unless an alternative date and/or time is established by the governing body, the members shall interview each applicant at the next governing body meeting (November 12, 2019) following the application deadline of October 28, 2019.

  • Applicants will receive interview questions on November 4 2019.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the November 12, 2019, Governing Body meeting.
  • Interviews will be conducted in the order applications are received by the City Clerk.
  • Interviews will consist of an opening statement by the applicant and the asking and answering of all interview questions.

 

Selection Process

At the conclusion of the interviews the governing body may conduct an election to fill the vacant position, subject to the following rules:

  1. The election shall be conducted only during a governing body meeting. The election may be deferred to a subsequent meeting. In no event shall an election be deferred later than the next governing body meeting.
  2. Each council member and the mayor shall vote for one person on each ballot by indicating in writing his or her choice and signing the ballot before submitting it to the city clerk.
  3. The city clerk shall read the result of each ballot.
  4. Balloting shall end any time one applicant receives a majority vote of the remaining members of the governing body.
  5. If no applicant receives a sufficient number of votes (five votes are required), additional ballots shall be cast until one of the applicants receives a sufficient number of votes or the matter is deferred until a date certain, which shall not be later than the next governing body meeting.
  6. The council and mayor may confer after any ballot in any manner consistent with the Kansas Open Meetings Act. (Ord. 20009 § 3, 6-21-16.)

 

If you have any questions, email the City Clerk’s Office at cclerk@topeka.org or call 785-368-3940 or 785-368-3941 and we would be happy to help.