FARR WEST -- Following the recent death of Mayor Jimmie Papageorge, city council members are looking for a replacement to fill the year remaining on his term.
Councilman Paul Dinsdale remembers Papageorge as a hands-on mayor who worked tirelessly on behalf of Farr West and its residents.
The city is accepting applications to fill the mayor vacancy, said Councilman Tim Shupe.
Applications can be picked up at the city offices, 1896 N. 1800 West.
Shupe said the council will not formally interview applicants, but those who apply will have two minutes to introduce themselves and explain their qualifications at the 7 p.m. Nov. 15 council meeting at City Hall.
Shupe indicated the council plans to make a decision the same night.
"The law requires two things (to apply for mayor)," Shupe said. "It requires the applicant be a registered voter and a resident of Farr West city for at least the past 12 months."
Shupe said the city is looking for someone who has been involved in and is familiar with Farr West city government.
He said he would be concerned if someone had lived in Farr West for only a short time, such as 18 months.
Shupe said the position is a part-time one, though audience members commented recently that Papageorge made it a full-time position by his own choice.
"Whoever will be mayor, it will be a part-time job," Dinsdale said. "Jimmie was the exception, not the rule."
When the new mayor is chosen, Shupe said, it will be in a public meeting but not a public hearing. Any resident who would like to comment should make their feelings known to the council members before the meeting.
"If we open it up to the public, I'm afraid we will be here until midnight," Shupe said. "I will be conducting the meeting. It will be an appointment for a year. If you have any concerns, voice them before then."
Councilwoman Ava Painter said the council is following legal procedure as it fills the position and added that council members have been receiving guidance from City Attorney Ryan Shaw.
If a council member is appointed mayor, Shupe said, that would open up a council position.