Franklin City Council accepting applicants for open seat on panel

From staff reports

Franklin City Council is accepting letters of interest for an at-large seat on council.

The seat was held by Michael Dulaney, who resigned the post to accept an elected position as Venango County commissioner.

The seat will be vacant as of Jan. 1, and under the city’s Home Rule Charter, council has 45 days to fill the post.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and registered voters and must have resided in the city for at least one year at the time of the appointment. Because the position is at-large, representing all city residents, applicants for the post may reside anywhere in the city.

Letters of interest will be accepted at the Franklin city manager’s office at 430 Thirteenth St., Franklin, 16323, until 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30.

City council may wish to interview applicants, possibly at the January council meeting, and hopes to arrive at a decision by the Feb. 4 council meeting, when the new member could be sworn in.

The appointment will be for the balance of the term, which expires in December 2021.

The appointee will join Mayor Douglas A. Baker and council members Donna Fletcher, James Johnson, Sam Lyons, Fred Mays and Ryan Rudegeair on the panel.