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In five days (Monday, Nov. 19), Missouri City Councilmembers will begin interviewing citizen candidates who are nominees for the District A position. Recently, the City has received numerous inquiries regarding the District A vacancy; to address these issues, staff compiled this list of frequently asked questions:
The seat is vacant as the current representative, former Mayor Pro Tem Yolanda Ford, is a candidate in the 2018 mayoral runoff election with Mayor Allen Owen, who is also on the ballot.
The MCTX Charter mandates that City Council fill the District A vacancy by majority vote within 30 days following the Election—by Thursday, Dec. 6. The individual who Council appoints to serve in the position will serve until the next regular City election in November, 2019.
City Council will interview candidates on Monday, Nov. 19 during the Special Meeting and may vote on an appointee as well. The agenda for this meeting will be posted on the City website by Friday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. If City Council does not approve a replacement on Nov. 19; Councilmembers will make a determination on what the next steps will be, at that time.
The nominees will be included in the Monday, Nov. 19 Special City Council Meeting agenda packet.
The date has not been determined; please watch the City website for updates.
City code requires approval by 4 Councilmembers; if there is a tie, there is no majority. Council would then continue to deliberate until there is a majority vote.
The Charter does not. In accordance with Section 3.06:
Nominations for the Council position were accepted from Nov. 6 to Nov. 9; staff is currently reviewing submissions and a list of applicants will be included in the agenda packet for the Nov. 19 Special City Council Meeting.
The Missouri City Code provides for Council compensation as follows:
The Missouri City Code provides for council attendance in Section 2-73 as follows: “The members of the council shall attend the regular and special meetings. If any member shall absent himself without just cause, the presiding officer may issue a warrant of attachment for such member to compel his attendance, which warrant may be executed by any person to whom the presiding officer shall direct the warrant. The council may impose a fine of not more than $10 upon any member failing to attend a meeting without just cause.”
Additional details may be found on the City website.
For updates, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).