Wichita City Council Moves To Fill O'Donnell's Seat

Dec 5, 2012

City Council member Michael O'Donnell will vacate his seat Dec. 31.
Credit Michael O'Donell

The Wichita City Council is working through the process to temporarily fill the District 4 council seat soon to be vacated by Michael O'Donnell.

The council declared a notice of vacancy Tuesday due to O'Donnell's resignation, effective December 31. O'Donnell was elected state senator of District 25 in Wichita last month.

The City of Wichita's director of law, Gary Rebenstorf, outlined the procedure for filling the vacancy.

"Since the vacancy will be occurring before January 1 of next year, the ordinance provides that the council would select a temporary replacement to fill in the term in for a temporary basis, until the April election in 2013," he said.

The deadline for candidates interested in filing petitions is Tuesday, December 18 at 12pm. The 4th district advisory board will interview the candidates during a public hearing and recommend four or five candidates to the council. The City Council will then interview the candidates on January 7 and vote on a candidate during their regularly scheduled meeting on January 8.

Voters will elect a replacement for a standard two-year term in the general election April 2.