May 6, 2010 12:44 AM by Danielle Lerner
The search for a fifth city councilmember is underway in Arroyo Grande, eight days after Ed Arnold's resignation.
The Arroyo Grande City Council has decided how it will choose Ed Arnold's replacement.
The council held a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss the process.
It will appoint a new member at its May 25 meeting.
Arnold resigned last Tuesday in the wake of domestic abuse and child pornography charges.
He has plead not guilty to those charges.
Because of time constraints an election is out of the question, so the council now has 30 days to appoint a new member.
A notice of vacancy and applications will be available starting Thursday.
All applicants will also have the option of appearing at a public forum, tentatively set for May 19 or May 20.
"It's not typical, it's not the way it's usually done, but I think it would really improve the process as far as the public feeling that they have input," said Mayor Pro Tem Jim Guthrie.
Several letters of interest have already been sent in.
The mayor says he is searching for a dedicated, educated candidate, who does not shy away from tough decisions.
"Experience is a factor, someone who's familiar with the city and its operation would be helpful, but just a willingness to serve I think is the basic criteria," said Mayor Tony Ferrara.
A big step in a month-long process, as the council tries getting back to business as usual.
"I think the sooner we have a full council and we can get back to business, the better off we will be as a council and the better off the city will be," said Ferrara.
A ranking system will narrow the applicant pool and the council will choose from the top two candidates.
The mayor says every step of the process will be done in public to ensure transparency.
Applications will be available at city hall and on the city's web site, to get there just head to the Newslinks section of ksby.com.
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