Forney's City Charter, Section 3.05, Forfeitures and Vacancies states, “Within thirty days, vacancies in the Council, or the Mayor, shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining Council members, for the unexpired term only and provided the successor shall possess all qualifications for the position.”
According to Forney's City Charter, Section 3.02, Council Qualifications, “Each member of the City Council shall be a resident citizen of the City of Forney, shall be a qualified voter of the State of Texas, shall have been such resident citizen of the City of Forney for a period of not less than twelve months immediately preceding election day, and shall not, after notice of any delinquency, be in arrears for payment of taxes of other liabilities due the City; provided, however, that any person with the above qualifications, except as to residence, who shall have been a resident, for a period of not less than one year immediately preceding his election, of any of the territory not formerly within the corporate limits of said City, but which is annexed under the provisions of Section 1.04 of this Charter, shall be eligible for said office.”
The deadline for accepting applications was set for today, June 29, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Shortly after the deadline the total number of applicants was released, totaling 9. The applicants who applied for Place 2 are Raymond E. Stephens, Mark H. Ellis, Marty D. Scott, Scott Regan, Howard R. Carly, John Carr, Susan Seabolt, John E. Vrla, and Matthew Baker.
Besides the personal and contact information, only 3 questions were on the application, none of which are requirements: Why do you want to serve on the City Council? What is your current employment? Have you ever served on a board or commission in the City of Forney or any other city? These questions did not disqualify any of the applicants from receiving an interview with the council members and are being used to speed up the process the council members are now faced with. The council members will now begin the process of interviewing and then vote on who they believe will be the best fit for Place 2 on the Forney City Council.
Forney City Council Members receive $100 each month for their service on the council, the Mayor Pro-tem receives $200, and the Mayor receives $300.