Vice mayor, City Council Ward 4 to be decided Nov. 18

Vice mayor, City Council Ward 4 to be decided Nov. 18

Following Dr. Josh Wedman’s resignation Oct. 7 as Jenks’ vice mayor and the Ward 4 representative on the Jenks City Council, the City of Jenks and Jenks City Council is now tasked with filling those two seats.

Monday at the Jenks City Council meeting, the agenda showed that the city council would elect a new vice mayor, but city council member Kaye Lynn made a motion to postpone the vice mayor election until all the city council seats are filled.

The vice mayor’s main responsibility in the Jenks city government is to provide backup for Jenks mayor Robert Lee, if Lee is not able to perform his duties and chair the open meetings.

Lee and the city council decided Monday it was in the best interest to move the agenda item discussion on the next vice mayor after the discussion was had about how to best fill the vacant Ward 4 city council seat left by Wedman.

The Jenks City Council has 60 days to name a new city council member for Ward 4, which is Dec. 2.

After discussion among the city council, it was decided that an application process for the Ward 4 city council position will be open immediately and applicants can apply with a resume and cover letter that clearly defines why they want the position and what their vision is for the city of Jenks and how they plan on accomplishing that vision.

All applicants may be turned into the Jenks city clerk.

The applicants will be able to come to the Nov. 4 city council meeting and present their case, as to why they are the best choice to fill the empty council seat.

The Jenks city council will then vote on who they want to hire as the next Ward 4 city council member at the Nov. 18 city council meeting. Following the vote, the new council member will be sworn in and then the council will elect a new vice mayor the same night and the new vice mayor will also be sworn in to his or her new position.

The Ward 4 city council position will be posted on the Jenks Facebook page and the City of Jenks website. In order to be a candidate for the position, the candidate has to have lived in Ward 4 of the City of Jenks for at least six months.

The motion to open the application process and the voting of the new city council member, as well as the new vice mayor was voted on and approved Monday by the entire city council.

Applications are available on the city’s website at http://jenks.com/382/Ward-4-City-Council-Application Those interested may also contact the city clerk’s office at 918-299-5883 or blong@jenksok.org with any questions.

To view a Ward 4 boundary map, please visit http://jenks.com/176/City-Council

Kyle Salomon

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