City Council Taking Applications to Fill At-large City Council Seat

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The New Orleans City Council is now accepting applications from members of the public interested in serving as an interim Councilmember to fill the remainder of the term of former Councilmember At-Large Jason Williams, who was sworn in on Jan. 11 as the City’s new district attorney.

Qualified New Orleanians interested in taking on this role may visit council.nola.gov/interim to apply and submit a resume. Anyone who serves as interim Councilmember At-Large may not run for that position in the Fall 2021 elections.

“I’m excited to take this step to open this opportunity for public service and engage the broader public in a process to select an interim Councilmember At-Large. This is an important position, and our City is best served if we look at the widest possible pool of potential candidates in order to find someone who can fairly and effectively represent the interests of all of our people,” said Council President MorenO.

The vacancy must be filled at a regularly scheduled council meeting by a majority vote of the Council. The Council has 30 days from the vacancy to fill the appointment, or the Mayor shall appoint a citizen. Any person filling the vacancy cannot qualify as a candidate for that office in the Fall 2021 Council election.

The New Orleans City Charter requires that all Councilmembers (elected or interim) be a United States citizens and qualified voters and residents of New Orleans. For at-large members, the candidate must have been domiciled in the City for the past two years. And the candidate cannot hold any other public office or position (except for some named exceptions, such as notary public).

The application process will remain open until 5 p.m. Jan. 20. For more information or to apply, visit council.nola.gov/interim.