The Hope City Ward 2 position vacated by the retirement of former City Director David Johnson remains open, and will likely be the subject of discussion at the May 7 City board session.
The Hope City Ward 2 position vacated by the retirement of former City Director David Johnson remains open, and will likely be the subject of discussion at the May 7 City board session. “I'm sure that is something they will talk about Tuesday night,” Hope City Manager Catherine Cook said Thursday. Cook said she has not received any applications at City Hall, and has not been informed of any applications being made to City board members. Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey reported the same lack of interest, Thursday. Ramsey said he intends to bring the matter before the board next week. “I've made some contacts with some folks and so have other board members, but there is a lack of interest,” he said. Ramsey was perplexed as to how to resolve that issue; not only in respect of filling the vacancy, but also the problem of having no-one file for board elections. Directors Doodle Franklin and Don Hall remain on the board under continuing service provisions of state election law that allow them to serve until a qualified successor has been chosen. Neither have sought re-election in the past two election cycles, and no-one has filed seeking election in either of their respective wards. There is no formal application process in filling the current vacancy, according to Cook and Ramsey; and, qualified interested residents may simply make their interest known to Ramsey, or other City directors, including Franklin, Willie Walker, Steve Montgomery, Don Still, or Hall; or, contact Cook at Hope City Hall to make their interest known. Applicants for the position must have resided within Ward 2 for at least the 30 days prior to their appointment, and must be a registered voter of current standing in Hempstead County, according to Cook. Ward 2 extends from Hickory Street to the north and East Ninth Street to the south, the district is bounded on the east by one block of South Betts Street between East Second and East Third streets, and on the west by Fulton Street, immediately south of the Union-Pacific Railroad.