Position to be filled on Hancock City Council

HANCOCK – Members of the Hancock City Council are hoping to fill a vacancy on the council, according to Karen Haischer.

Haischer, who is Hancock city clerk, said Ward II councilor Jeremie Moore notified council members at the September regular meeting he would be moving to the Detroit area in early October to follow his wife, who took a job there. He moved from Hancock on Oct. 4.

Haischer said council members appointed Moore in 2011 to fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Rick Freeman, who left before his term expired in 2012. Moore was then elected in 2012 to his own term, which expires in 2016.

However, although Moore’s term expires in 2016, Haischer said the term for a person appointed by the council will run until the November 2014 general election. The person appointed to fill the seat can then run for the seat, as can any resident of Ward II, which is basically the center of the city. Ward maps are available at the Hancock city hall.

“They would have to get petitions and file by the Aug. 5, 2014, primary date,” she said.

Those applicants would not be in the primary, Haischer said. That’s just the deadline to file for the November general election.

Haischer said she placed an ad in The Daily Mining Gazette on Sept. 27 for applications from Hancock Ward II residents for Moore’s seat, but only one application was received. Another ad ran Wednesday.

“I haven’t had any inquiries,” she said. “The applications are due (by 4 p.m.) Oct. 11 (at the Hancock city hall).”

Council members will consider the applications at the regular Oct. 16 meeting.

Haischer said there is also an opening on the city cemetery board of trustees. City Councilman John Haeussler resigned from the position. That is a council-appointed position, and requires no election. The applications for that position are also due by 4 p.m. Oct. 11.

Haischer said council members up for election in 2014 are Lisa McKenzie, Haeussler, Barry Givens and Ted Belej. The terms of John Slivon, Mayor William Laitila and Moore end in 2016.