The window of opportunity has not closed on any eligible resident of the Fourth Ward to seek its open City Council seat. City Clerk Angel Vance reported the deadline has been extended to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The window of opportunity has not closed on any eligible resident of the Fourth Ward to seek its open City Council seat. City Clerk Angel Vance reported the deadline has been extended to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Initially the deadline was Nov. 21. However, when the date of a candidate forum was pushed back to Tuesday, Dec. 16, the deadline for filing a letter of interest was also extended.

The letter of interest should explain the individual’s qualifications and detail their desire to represent the Fourth Ward on the City Council. The letter will be used to determine who will be allowed to participate in a subsequent interview with the Council.

Requirements/qualifications to serve on the City Council include:

• Be at least 25 years of age.

• Be a citizen of the United States.

• Be a registered voter of the city.

• Be an inhabitant of the city for at least one year.

• Be a resident of the Fourth Ward for at least the previous six months.

• No person shall be eligible to hold any office who owes any City taxes.

Council members cannot hold any other compensated public office, or any position in city government during their term as a Council member.

The individual selected will serve until the next regular municipal election in April 2015 when he/she must be elected to serve the reminder of the unexpired term. The current Fourth Ward term runs through April 2016.

While some individuals from the Fourth Ward have picked up the necessary paperwork, as of 11:30 a.m. Monday no letters of interest had as yet been turned in at the City Clerk’s office.

Vance is uncertain what course of action the Council might take if no one steps forward. She indicated it could find a resident of the ward who is willing to serve and appoint him or her. Vance added the Council has preferred making an appointment from a pool of interested residents from that ward.

This will be the fifth time in six years that City Council members have needed to appoint someone to fill a vacant Council seat. The last appointment to fill an unexpired term on the Hannibal City Council came in November 2012

The Fourth Ward vacancy was created when Barry Louderman moved to southwest Missouri. Louderman’s last Council meeting was Oct. 21.

Louderman was initially a Council appointee. He was one of six people who sought the Council appointment in 2008 following the death of Jim Dexheimer, who represented the South Side as a member of the Council for 25 years.

Following his appointment, Louderman successfully ran and earned the right to serve out the remainder of the term that expired in April 2010. Louderman ran unopposed in 2010 and 2013.