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Mayor looks to fill Jennings’ seat quickly

Metro Wire Staff

The Stevens Point City Council will hold a special meeting next week to determine how it will fill a vavancy in District 1.

Third-term Councilwoman Tori Jennings announced her resignation, effective immediately, shortly after 7 a.m. on Aug. 19.

Mayor Mike Wiza on Thursday said the Council has four options:

  • Leave the position vacant until the next election and fill it through district votes.
  • Take applications and interview eligible people then appoint until the next spring election in April 2022.
  • Take applications and interview eligible people then appoint to fulfill the remaining term expiring April 2023.
  • Hold a special election at a full cost to the city.

Wiza said he will recommend the Council appoints an interim council member until the spring 2022 election, then allow the residents of District 1 to choose their representative.

Applicants for the position must be at least 18 years old, have no criminal background, and live in the district.

Anyone in District 1 interested in serving can find requirements at stevenspoint.com or contact the city clerk’s office at 715.346.1569.

“Alderpersons should not be discussing this, or possible replacements outside of an open meeting,” Wiza said on Thursday.

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