After election, Soldotna seeks council member

  • By Rashah McChesney
  • Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:33pm
  • News
After election, Soldotna seeks council member

With the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s municipal election results on the books, Soldotna City Council member Pete Sprague has been promoted to mayor, but that means his seat — and the remainder of his term — will need to be filled.

Applications and a notice of vacancy for Seat F on the Soldotna City Council went up on the city’s website early Thursday morning after Sprague resigned his seat during the council’s Wednesday meeting. He and several other council members said they were sad to see current mayor Nels Anderson resign.

“It is with mixed emotions that I am submitting my letter of resignation from Soldotna City Council effective at midnight on Oct. 18,” Sprague said. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve in a new capacity but at the same time am saddened to see you go, Mr. Mayor. Thank you for your service and thank you to the people of Soldotna.”

The person who assumes Sprague’s seat will hold the spot until the next regular election on Oct. 4, 2016. Applicants must be citizens of the United States, qualified voters in the state and residents of the city for at least one year prior to the date of application.

To apply, complete an application, available on the city website, as well as an employment eligibility form, I-9 and an Alaska Public Office Commission disclosure statement for public officials and return those documents to the city clerk by Nov. 2.

Interviews will be held during the Nov. 10 meeting at 6 p.m. and the council will pick the person to fill the vacant seat via a secret ballot.

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