OAK CREEK - The city is now accepting applications for the District 2 aldermanic vacancy.
The seat was vacated after Dan Bukiewicz accepted the council's appointment to be mayor following the resignation of Steve Scaffidi.
Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. Thursday, April 6, with interviews to be conducted with all applicants during a special common council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 10.
Residents interested in applying for the position must reside within the 2nd district boundary, be a U.S. citizen, and be at least 18 years old.
Applications – including a letter of interest, resume, and the proof of citizenship – can be sent to Oak Creek City Hall, Attn: City Clerk, 8040 S. 6th St., Oak Creek WI 53154. The items can also be dropped off at the main desk or in the civic center's 24-hour drop box.
Bukiewicz said he hoped to have a person in the seat by the April 18 regular common council meeting.
The city is no stranger to filling aldermanic vacancies. During the March 21 council meeting, Oak Creek's City Attorney Melissa Karls said the city had to do just that in 2003, 2008 and 2012. She said all those vacancies were filled through the interview process and not by special election.
The council could have opted to hold a special election in November; however, with the term expiring in April 2018 it was decided that wouldn't be a good use of taxpayer dollars.
"It gives them (residents) the chance to kick the tires on that person for a year," said Alderman Ken Gehl.
Alderman Mike Toman had a special reason for being in favor of the appointment process.
"I was the appointment in 2003 and that worked out well for the city," he said, laughing.