Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has announced he is accepting letters of interest, resumes and references from residents in the Third and Sixth Wards interested in filling the vacancies brought by the election of Bryant Nolden and Sheldon Neeley to other offices.

Under Public Act 436, Earley has the power to make direct appointments to fills the seat. However, these appointments will just be for the short term. The selected candidates would start serving January 1, 2015 through the general election in November 2015. The candidate could then seek reelection through the normal cycle as an incumbent council member. That election would be for the remainder of terms ending in 2017.

In a statement, Earley said he is "interested in identifying residents in these two ward who bring the potential of becoming excellent productive additions to the City Council as we continue on the path toward long-term financial solvency and eventual home rule order." He added he believes "this is a good way to initiate the process and then involve the City Council in the decision making." Early also said that "running this process parallel to the general election cycle rather than holding a special election provides greater consistency and stability during the transition."

Interested applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a registered City of Flint voter in the respective wards.
  • Submit a written letter of application detailing why they would be a good addition to the current City Council.
  • Submit a resume detailing all work experience, education and other affiliations with the civic or private sector engagement that would  strengthen their candidacy.
  • Provide the names of five references to support their candidacy.

Information must be received no later than November 30th and can be emailed to Earley at em@cityofflint.com. Interested applicants can also drop off their information at the reception desk located inside the mayor's office at City Hall.


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