At the Common Council meeting last Tuesday, Council president Tom DePietro announced that there was a position open on the Council in the Third Ward. He invited anyone in the Third Ward to apply for the job and said, "The Council will decide."
Presumably, the way to apply for the position is to send a letter of interest to DePietro and the aldermen. The timing of this announcement suggests that DePietro intends that the decision be made before the end of the year, before the current Council is retired and the new Council takes office on January 1. Somehow it doesn't seem appropriate that this group of aldermen, 60 percent of whom are now lame ducks, should make a decision about the makeup of the next Council. A vacancy on the Council does not currently exist. It will only exist in January, when Calvin Lewis declines to take the oath of office.
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