The Buffalo City Council will decide by the end of December who will fill the vacant seat left when former councilman Bruce Hepp passed away earlier this year.
So far, six people in the community have stepped forward to announce their wish to serve on the council, and now the interview process will begin.
Buffalo Mayor Randy Dyess said the next step will be to give the candidates and the public a chance to speak and ask questions at next Tuesday's council meeting.
Following the meeting, there will be interviews of the candidates by the council on December 13, and a decision is expected at the next council meeting on December 20.
Whichever candidate is chosen will serve only through 2012, and will have to run for the seat in the November 2012 election should they wish to continue serving past 2012. Dyess said anytime someone is appointed, they serve until the next election.
Dyess said the council wanted to involve the public as much as possible in the selection process without having a special election.
The public is invited to hear the candidates and speak at the council meeting which is Tuesday, December 6 beginning at 5pm.