Council Member Vacancy 2019-2020

City Council now seeking applicants for one Council seat with a term expiring in December 2020

About the Vacant City Council Seat

The City Council is seeking applicants for one City Council seat with a term expiring in December 2020 (when the results of the November 3, 2020 election are certified). The seat was vacated by Council Member Julie Combs on November 25, 2019, and an appointment to fill the vacancy must be made within 60 days or by January 24, 2020. If the Council does not fill the vacancy by January 24, 2020, the Council must call a special election pursuant to City Charter Section 31. Application documents may be picked up at the City Clerk’s Office beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Application documents must be filed in person with the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. There is no filing fee.

Community Input in Appointment Process

As part of the appointment process, the Santa Rosa City Council invites community members to submit interview questions that will be considered for inclusion in the candidate interviews that will be conducted to fill the current City Council vacancy. 

Candidate Eligibility

In order to be eligible to hold office as a member of the City Council, a candidate must be a registered voter within the Santa Rosa city limits at the time application documents are filed with the City Clerk.  The successful applicant must be an elector of the City at the time of assuming office and throughout the Council member’s term.

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Important Dates for the Council Appointment Process

December 4, 2019 beginning at 12:00 p.m.
— First day application documents may be obtained from City Clerk 

December 16, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
 — Last day for public to submit interview questions to City Clerk

December 18, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. — Last day to file application documents with City Clerk

December 19, 2019 — Applications distributed to City Council and made available to the public

January 7, 2020 — First day of interviews and selection of successful applicant

January 8, 2020 — Second day of interviews and selection of successful applicant (if needed)

January 14, 2020 — Installation of new Council member (tentative)

March 12-13, 2020 — City Council Goal Setting Study Session