As of press time, the Murrieta city clerk’s office already has 13 qualified applications from residents seeking to fill the city council vacancy left by former Councilman Randon Lane with more being accepted though Sept. 15.
Lane left his post on the city council Aug. 31, to take up a new position with the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington. He was appointed to his new post by President Donald Trump and will remain there for the next 18-months.
Lane, who has served the community for years and was active in many state, county and city commissions and agencies, still had more than a year to serve on the council since his last election in 2017.
The chosen applicant will serve out the remainder of Lane’s term as an at large councilman. The position on the council will change from an at-large status to a district status in November 2020 with the appointment standing until December 2020.
The qualified applicants totaled 13 as of Monday, Sept. 9, according to the Murrieta City Clerk’s office.
Only registered voters in the city of Murrieta will be considered for the appointment made by the other members of the city council. Complete applications must be submitted online before the deadline to be considered for the appointment.
“The current city council vacancy is at-large. Any registered voters in the city of Murrieta, without regard to district residency, is eligible for appointment. Interview process: Interviews may take place at a special council meeting to be held at dates and times to be specified by the city council. Attendance is required of all applicants,” according to the application form.
The applications may be found at the city website, www.murrietaca.gov.
“Becoming a candidate for public office means that information about you will become a matter of public record immediately. With a few exceptions, this includes any and all documents submitted to the city during the course of the application period. As such, these documents must, by law, be available to the public for inspection and/or copying. Redacted copies of submitted applications will be available on the city website,” according to the city website.
The Murrieta City Council is elected independently in non-partisan elections to serve four-year terms in office. The mayor and mayor pro-tem are appointed positions from among the city council members, voted upon in December of each year for the ensuing year.
The city of Murrieta began the transition to district-based elections in 2018, with three officers elected by district. The transition will be complete in November 2020, with the remaining two at-large seats moving to districts. The current city council vacancy is at-large. Any registered voters in the city of Murrieta, without regard to district residency, is eligible for appointment.
Council member duties includes attending all city council meetings as an appointed member; attending all special meetings, work sessions and other meetings as scheduled; actively participating and serving on various outside agency liaisons, committees and commissions as assigned and council members are required, by law, to complete and file a Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests disclosing various financial interests.
The Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests must be filed by all candidates with their application. A fillable PDF form is available from the Fair Political Practices Commission.
The city council holds regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the City Council Chambers in City Hall at 1 Town Square in Murrieta. Regular meetings begin at 6 p.m.; however, closed session meetings may begin as early as 4 p.m. If necessary to conduct city business, special meetings may be called from time to time depending on the council’s availability.
Pursuant to the Murrieta Municipal Code, the city council members’ stipend shall be limited to 15% of the median family income of the people of Murrieta. City council members will be limited from receiving any other personal benefits including, but not limited to, club memberships, medical and life insurance and pensions. The current city council stipend is $1,099.38 per month or $13,192.64 annually.
The application must be submitted online no later than Sunday, Sept. 15, at 11:59 p.m. Candidates may upload a resume or cover letter if they choose.
Please contact the city clerk at (951) 461-6030 with any questions about the application process.
Tony Ault can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.