City seeks a council member

Princeton city hall is taking applications to fill a vacancy that will occur on the Princeton City Council, starting January 7.

The length of time the appointee will serve will be Jan. 7, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014. That is the remaining time in the unexpired four-year term of council member Paul Whitcomb, who was elected Nov. 6 to begin serving as mayor in early January 2012.

The council passed a motion last Thursday, to advertise for applicants for the upcoming council vacancy and to adopt a procedure for filling it. The council also set Jan. 3 as the date to interview applicants, and approved a cover letter and application form to send to interested applicants.

The completed application is to be returned to city hall no later than Dec. 14, 2012, at 3 p.m., and mailed applications must be postmarked no later than that.

A Princeton council member has two regular meetings each month (normally the second and fourth Thursdays, starting at 7 p.m.), and a study session on the first Thursday of each month, starting at 4:30 p.m. The city may occasionally have a special council meeting and a council member may also be appointed to a board, committee or task force.

Applicants must be age 21 by Jan. 7, 2012, and a resident of the city for 30 days prior to that date. They also may not have any convictions for a felony, or if convicted of a felony, must have their civil rights restored.