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Twelve apply for open St. Charles City Council seat

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 5:12 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Twelve people want to join Bill Turner in representing the city's 3rd Ward.

Tina Nilles, an administrative assistant at City Hall, said Monday that 12 people submitted applications for the open St. Charles City Council seat before the 4:30 p.m. Friday deadline.

A news release with more information is expected to be issued later, she said.

Ray Rogina vacated the 3rd Ward seat when he became mayor this month. The term expires in 2015.

He has said a subcommittee of aldermen, including Turner, will narrow the candidates to three finalists, who then will be interviewed by the City Council.

State statute requires the mayor to make a recommended appointment to fill the vacant seat within 60 days after the vacancy occurs, which was May 6. The City Council must act on the recommendation within 30 days. By those requirements, the new alderman should be appointed by Aug. 5, according to the city.

But Rogina plans to have the new alderman in place much sooner. He expects the City Council will make a selection June 3, he has said.

To give the appointee time to acclimate to the position, he or she will begin serving on the council June 17, Rogina has said. He noted that 5th Ward alderman Maureen Lewis did not get that time for orientation when she was appointed in December 2010. She was sworn in at the start of the regular council meeting the night her appointment was announced. Lewis replaced David Richards, who resigned from his post within a week of pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct charge out of West Chicago. She was one of five applicants for the position.

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