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Applicants sought for vacant A.J. council seat

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Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:04 pm | Updated: 9:40 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Apache Junction City Council is one member short of the usual seven and is looking to fill that seat. After Councilman Joe Severs’ resignation earlier this month, the council is accepting applications from city residents to serve out his term, which ends in June 2009.

Severs resigned after his house in Apache Junction went up for auction following foreclosure. Legally, a council member has to maintain residence in the city to be able to stay in office.

Severs’ wife and children were already living in Gilbert with his mother-in-law, but Severs had maintained for the past several months that he was living in his North Starr Road residence in Apache Junction.

With the house auctioned off earlier this month, Severs resigned from his post.

City residents seeking to fill the vacancy must be at least 18 years old and should have been a city resident or resident of a newly annexed area for at least one year prior to appointment, according to a news release.

In addition, the resident cannot be a member of the state Legislature, a state employee, or be under guardianship, the release states.

The monthly salary for the post is $800.

The deadline for filing completed applications is 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

Meanwhile, residents interested in running against Mayor John Insalaco, Vice Mayor R.E. Eck or council members Robin Barker, Rick Dietz and Jeff Serdy, all of whom are up for recall in the March 10 election, can pick up application packets from the city clerk’s office at 300 E. Superstition Blvd.

For more information, call the city clerk’s office at (480) 982-8002.

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