GR City Commission begins process to fill 2nd Ward seat

Mayoral candidate Rosalynn Bliss at her election watch party in Grand Rapids on Aug. 4, 2015.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Rosalynn Bliss’s victory in the August mayoral primary created a vacancy in Grand Rapids’ Second Ward.

City Commissioners are expected to discuss the ground rules for her replacement Tuesday.

In a memo to city commissioners, City Clerk Darlene O’Neal proposes to open the application process for Second Ward residents interested in the job January 4. Those applications would be due January 15, with the list made public January 19.

Applicants would take part in 30 minute public interviews with sitting commissioners on January 26. Commissioners would rank each candidate following the interviews.

Citizens would have their chance grill candidates at a proposed town hall meeting on February 1, followed by a public hearing on the candidates February 9.

Finalist chosen by the commission would then be invited back for second interviews on February 16.

Commissioners would debate the finalist and pick a new commissioner on February 23.

Bliss won the mayor’s race outright in the primary with 66 percent of the vote. The city charter eliminates the need for a run off if a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote in a primary.

Bliss takes office January 1.

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