John Florez has submitted a letter of resignation from the Newport City Council to be effective January 9, 2018.
The Newport City Charter specifies that when a Council seat becomes vacant mid-term for any reason, the Council will solicit applications from Newport residents to fill that seat for the remainder of the term (in this case from January 9, 2018, to December 1, 2018). An applicant would need to secure the votes of at least four of the remaining Council Members to be selected. The Charter calls for the Council to make a selection within thirty days of its learning of the vacancy.
The Mayor has issued a call for applications and interested residents of Newport are asked to submit a letter of interest detailing why they would like to serve for the remainder of the current Council term. The letter should be submitted by Friday, December 15, 2017. The letter, together with a resume, should be sent by mail or hand-delivered to Newport City Hall addressed to: Office of the Mayor, City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840; or be sent via email to the Mayor at email@example.com with a copy to the Council’s Administrative Assistant, Patricia Cofield, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We urge all interested residents to submit an application. Or, if you know someone whom you would like to have as a Council Member, please contact them and urge them to apply. Many important matters will come before the Newport City Council between now and the end of the current term of office, and it is vitally important that a highly qualified individual be selected to represent the interests of Newport’s residents and businesses.