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What's happening with Councilor Kim Wallan's replacement?

I’m curious about what’s going to happen with the Medford council seat that will soon be open when Kim Wallan becomes representative for House District 6? The process for a replacement seemed to get derailed a bit. When will the city select a replacement?

— Ted B., Medford

It has turned into a somewhat contentious issue, Ted.

But Medford City Council has received a letter of resignation from Kim Wallan, effective Jan. 4, 2019. With the resignation in hand, the council decided to move forward with finding her replacement. The council hoped originally to get her replacement in December, but it’s looking like it won’t be until February.

The council voted 6-1 Thursday night to select a citizens committee that will help with the selection process. The committee will be selected Jan. 17, after Wallan has left office. Wallan was the “no” vote, by the way.

The committee will interview candidates for the council position Jan. 24, and the appointment of the new councilor is planned for Feb. 7.

The city has put out another call for citizens from Ward 4, in southeast Medford, who want to serve on the council to replace Wallan.

To file, you have to collect 25 qualified signatures of residents from Ward 4, go through an interview with a Ward 4 citizens committee and City Council. The deadline for filing is Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Those interested can file through the city’s website, www.cityofmedford.org, or contact the city recorder at City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St., Room 310 or 541-774-2017.

Applicants who previously applied do not have to file again.

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