Council Vacancy

Procedure to Fill City Council Vacancy

WILMINGTON – – The Wilmington City Council is now soliciting letters of interest from residents affiliated with the Democratic Party to consider filling the At-Large seat that has been vacated by Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon.

Pursuant to the City Charter, to qualify to fill the vacancy, an applicant must be twenty-five (25) years of age or older, a Democrat, and can be a resident from any place in the city.

The Committee of the Whole of Wilmington City Council shall be charged with reviewing letters of interest from qualified residents seeking to fill the seat, interviewing qualified persons, and recommending a candidate to fill the Council vacancy in accordance with the procedure outlined in the City Charter section 2-34

Those residents interested in filling the vacancy have until February 7, 2022, to submit a copy of their resume and letters of intent to the following email address: CouncilVacancy@wilmingtonde.gov

Letters of interest can also be submitted by mail to:

Wilmington City Council

Louis L. Redding City/County Building

800 N. French Street, 9th Floor, Wilmington, DE 19801

Letters sent via mail must be postmarked by February 7, 2022.

 

 Council Vacancy Summary Process (Charter/Code) 

  • Letter of Resignation
  • Per Charter Sec 2-101 – Council Vacancies
    o Council shall certify that a vacancy exists
    o Vacancy occurring more than thirty (30) days prior to the date of a primary election in which city officers are nominated shall be filled in the next succeeding general election held in the city. Councilmen elected in this manner to fill a vacancy shall take office on the first Tuesday following their election.
    o Vacancy less than thirty (30) days before the date of a primary election or pending the election of a councilman to fill a vacancy as herein provided, the city council, by a majority vote of all its remaining members, shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy until a person is elected by the voters for the unexpired term.
    o Vacancy occurs in the office of a councilman-at-large, the new member may come from any place in the city.
    o Council in filling a vacancy must appoint a member of the same political party as that of the councilman whose office has become vacant.
  • Per Charter Sec 2-101 – Qualifications of Councilmen
    o Citizen of the United States
    o Qualified elector of the city for at least one year prior to
    o Twenty-five (25) years of age
  •  City Code 2-34 – Procedures to Fill Council Vacancy
    o Committee of the Whole – Chaired by President of Council
    ▪ Accept recommendations from members of council as outlined in next bullet.
    ▪ Accept resumes and letters of intent, during a specified time period, from persons who are qualified pursuant to the City Charter.
    ▪ Interview each qualified person.
    ▪ Recommend a person by majority vote of the members of the committee of the whole.
    ▪ Follow requirements for appointment of a person to fill a council vacancy, pursuant to the City Charter.
    ▪ Vacancy certified by resolution.
    ▪ Committee of the whole shall propose by resolution its recommendation of a person to fill the vacancy for vote by the full body of city council. The resolution must be approved by a majority vote of all the members of city council.
    ▪ If the resolution fails to be approved, the committee of the whole shall reconvene and propose by resolution another recommendation of a person who it previously interviewed to fill the vacancy for a vote by the full body of city council. The resolution must be approved by a majority vote of all members of city council. The committee of the whole shall repeat this procedure until the vacancy is filled. 

 

City Council Announces Names of At-Large Qualified Candidates
Nineteen (19) candidates have qualified to fill the seat as verified by the Department of Elections.

Wilmington – On January 6, 2022, City Council Member At-Large Rysheema Dixon announced her resignation from Wilmington City Council, and pursuant to the City Charter, the current City Council was tasked with filling the vacancy and started accepting letters of interest and resumes from residents interested in filling the vacancy.

On January 20, 2022, the city council passed a resolution that accepted the resignation of Council Member Rysheema J. Dixon and moved forward with filling the vacancy.

On February 7, 2022, the application period closed and the following nineteen (19) candidates have qualified to fill the seat as verified by the Department of Elections.

  • Charity E. Cramer
  • Jordan M. Hines
  • Monica P. Alvarez
  • Erin Chudzik-Pryor
  • Kenneth C. Brown
  • Albert Mills
  • Kathleen Patterson
  • Steven E. Bridgett
  • Lisa Davis
  • Haneef Salaam
  • Albert J. Ryans
  • John Johnson, Jr.
  • Deborah E. Kraak
  • Coby Owens
  • Davon M. Hall
  • Wesley Smith, Jr.
  • Donald A. Farrell
  • Gary Linarducci
  • Kathleen Perkins

The Committee of the Whole of Wilmington City Council will be reviewing the letters of interest from each qualified resident seeking to fill the seat, interview each candidate, and recommend a candidate to fill the council vacancy following the procedure outlined in the City Charter section 2-34.

The Committee of the Whole meeting to review the credentials of each applicant and to interview them has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, and Thursday, February 24, 2022.

 

 

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