Beaver Creek City Council seeks council member for empty seat

The Beaver Creek City Council is seeking to fill a vacancy on the council since Mayor Carolyn DeBoer died this fall of cancer.

At their regular monthly meeting Nov. 18, councilmen Pat Bender, Al Harnack and Josh Teune moved current councilman Jamie Dysthe from acting mayor to mayor when no one stepped forward to fill the mayor position.

DeBoer died in September, and the council is working on plans for a memorial in her honor.

Dysthe, who has been on the council for 11 years, had been serving as acting mayor since September. As the city’s official mayor, Dysthe’s term will end in December 2016.

Bender was elected as acting mayor.

The group passed a resolution declaring a vacancy on the council, with plans to appoint someone to the vacancy. The term will be for 13 months.

“Next year the person can run and be elected into the position,” Dysthe said.

According to the League of Minnesota Cities website, any elected city official must be an eligible voter of Beaver Creek, at least 21 years old on the date of taking office, a U.S. citizen and be a resident of Beaver Creek 30 days before the appointment.

Any individual who has been convicted of a felony under state or federal law is not eligible unless the individual’s civil rights have been restored.

Each interested candidate must submit a letter of interest in the council position to the city clerk in order to be considered for appointment by the council.

Until the appointment, the council seat will remain vacant.

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