Tonight, at the informal meeting of the Common Council, a resolution was introduced creating the position of Assistant Youth Director. As the resolution explains, the position of "Rec Attendant 5" will be eliminated, and the salary budgeted for that position will be reallocated for the position of Assistant Youth Director. The change is being made at the request of Youth Commissioner Maija Reed. It was also revealed who would fill the new position: Third Ward alderman Calvin Lewis.
The process of replacing Lewis on the Council is easily understood. It's happened a few times in recent decades. The Council appoints a replacement. It is all explained in § C3-6 of the city charter. But how the election in November is going to be handled is another story. Only two candidates have filed designating petitions to run for the two positions of Third Ward alderman, and one of them is Lewis.
Update: According to an article that appears in the Register-Star, Lewis wants to continue as an alderman even after he becomes an employee of the City: "Lewis accepts youth department position."
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