Champaign council to set procedure for filling Harrison's seat

CHAMPAIGN — City council members Tuesday night will establish a timeline for replacing outgoing District 3 representative Kyle Harrison, and the schedule closely mirrors the procedure city officials have followed in the past.

The city council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Harrison will leave his post on June 15. He announced this month that he and his family will be moving to a new home outside of District 3, but still within the city.

City council members have 60 days from that date to appoint a new representative. But under the proposed schedule, the seat would not be vacant for a single council meeting; if all goes according to plan, the city council would appoint a new member on June 19, the next meeting after Harrison's effective resignation date.

City officials would accept applications for the seat until noon on June 1. The candidates would be interviewed publicly at a council meeting on June 5 or June 12.

To be eligible for the seat, the appointee must have been a resident of the city of Champaign for at least one year preceding the appointment and be a current resident of District 3, which covers the northwest portion of the city.

Sitting council members would vote on the appointment at the beginning of their June 19 meeting. The appointee would be sworn in and take his or her seat on the spot.

The appointee would be entitled to the seat until the end of Harrison's unexpired term in May 2013. After that, voters will decide who will occupy the District 3 seat during the regularly scheduled election to be held in April 2013.

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