Procedures for City Council Vacancy

Jacksonville Seal

June 13, 2019
Lee Fuller

The vacancy for Councilman Jimmy Harrell’s seat was discussed in detail at the June 10th City Council work session.   The city has been very transparent about the the procedure for filling this seat.  We at the Jacksonville Journal have attached the full press release issued by the city.

Official City Press Release:


Notice is hereby given that the City Council will be accepting resumes with letters of interest from now until close of business on June 18, 2019.

Please submit your resume and letter of interest via email: or attention to the City Clerk at City Hall, 320 Church Avenue, SE Jacksonville, AL 36265.

Minimum qualifications for public office are as follows:
Minimum Age: 18 years old
State Resident: Minimum 90 days
US Citizen: Minimum 1 day
Registered Voter: Yes
Resident of City: Minimum of 90 days

Council will discuss eligible candidates and plan to select appointment during June 24, 2019 Work Session and Council Meeting.

Dated this the 11th day of June 2019.

End of Official Press Release

Per the city council meeting more details of the procedure were discussed. For full work session and meeting details refer to Jacksonville Journal’s full article.

The announcement of the vacancy was posted on June 11th via the city’s website and Facebook page. The announcement is shown above.

Any interested party can submit their resume and letter of interest through the close of business June 18th.

All submittals will be certified that they meet the requirements and then the list of certified applicants will be forwarded to the city council. Each city council member will then select their top two choices.  Those choices will be discussed at the June 24th work session.  This is a process to narrow the field and no vote will be held at the work session.  If the council cannot come to a consensus then another date for further discussion will be set.  If a consensus is met then that person will be voted on at the June 24th city council meeting.

If any resident is interested in holding this vacant city council seat they must submit a resume and letter of interest by June 18th. The council will not be submitting their own nomination so interested residents must formally submit themselves as a potential applicant.

Residents may not nominate a person for the postion. It is recommended that if a resident would like someone specific to apply they should talk to them directly and have them complete the process.


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