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Willmar City Council sets vacancy meetings for Thursday

WILLMAR -- Mayor Marv Calvin and Fourth Ward City Council member Audrey Nelsen will conduct two informational meeting and listening sessions Thursday regarding the Fourth Ward vacancy created by the July 22 resignation of Jim Dokken.

WILLMAR - Mayor Marv Calvin and Fourth Ward City Council member Audrey Nelsen will conduct two informational meeting and listening sessions Thursday regarding the Fourth Ward vacancy created by the July 22 resignation of Jim Dokken.
The sessions will offer citizens an opportunity to understand the council’s options to fill the vacancy and to offer their comments.
The first session will be from 9:30 a.m.
to 11 a.m. Thursday at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center, 1604 First St. S.
The second session will be 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the YMCA, 1000 Lakeland Dr. Southeast Citizens who are unable to attend are welcome to contact Nelsen at 320-979-4927, anelsen@willmarmn.gov or Calvin at 320-212-2171, mcalvin@willmarmn.gov .
Interim City Administrator Kevin Halliday told the council Aug. 3 that the council has 45 days from the day Dokken submitted his letter of resignation to decide how the vacancy will be filled.
The deadline for making a decision is Sept. 8.
The City Charter allows the council to fill the vacancy either by appointment or by conducting a special election.
City Attorney Robert Scott clarified that if the council decides on Aug. 17 to conduct a special election, the special election then must be held within 90 days of that decision date.

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