The Buffalo City Council honored the late councilman Bruce Hepp at their meeting Tuesday night, and declared a vacancy in the council, the first step in finding a new council member for the seat left when Hepp passed away suddenly earlier this month.
Buffalo Mayor Randy Dyess read a prepared statement at the beginning of the council meeting.
After a moment of silence, the council officially declared a vacancy, and then opened discussions on how they would proceed with the search for a new council member.
Legally, the council had a number of options available, ranging from going back to the last election for the candidate with the next highest number of votes, to holding a special election, to appointing someone of their choosing.
The council decided to open the process to any interested citizen in the city, who should submit a letter of interest in the position.
The deadline for taking letters will be November 15th, and the council will screen the applications and a number of candidates will then be brought in for interviews and public meetings to allow the public a chance to comment on the candidates.
For those interested in the position, contact City Hall for more information at 684-5566.