The Metro Council’s appointed Triumvirate has reviewed the complaints against Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson and has removed him from office thus creating a vacancy within the 21 District Office of the Metro Council.
“The Council Court Triumvirate has rendered its decision, I want to thank the members and I join them in saying the Louisville Metro Council is sending a strong message that we will not tolerate sexual harassment or a hostile work environment at City Hall,” said Metro Council President David Yates (D-25). “It is now time to move forward. I want to assure the residents of District 21 their issues and concerns will be listened to and the Metro Council will help them as we move through this transition.”
Now that the Triumvirate has made its decision, and in accordance with the requirements of state law, the Metro Council Clerk is required to announce the vacancy and process for persons seeking to be appointed District 21 Council member. The following notice is posted in City Hall (601 W Jefferson Street) and available on the Metro Council Website:
From the Office of the Metro Council Clerk
NOTICE OF VACANCY OF THE 21st DISTRICT METRO COUNCIL
KRS 67C.103(12) states that in the event of a vacancy, “council shall elect a qualified resident of the council district not later than thirty (30) days after the date the vacancy occurs.” KRS 67C.103(6) defines a qualified person as “at least eighteen (18) years old, a qualified voter, and a resident within the territory of the consolidated local government and the district that he or she seeks to represent for at least one (1) year immediately prior to the person’s election.”
The Rules of the Louisville Metro Council sections 10.01, 10.02, 10.08, 10.09, 10.10 & 10.11 set forth the rules and procedures when a vacancy occurs on Metro Council. Pursuant to Rule 10.02, the 21th District Metro Council Seat is declared vacant as of November 17, 2017.
Rule 10.08 states: “Within seven (7) days after a vacancy shall have occurred on the Council, qualified persons interested in being appointed pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statutes to the vacant seat shall submit a resume to the Clerk of the Council.”
All persons interested in filing for the 21st District Metro Council seat, who meet the criteria stated above in KRS 67C.103(5-6), should submit a resume via US Postal Service or email to the Clerk of the Louisville Metro Council no later than close of business day on November 28, 2017 at 5:00PM. The post mark date will be the date stamp for USPS mail. Resumes sent via email will receive confirmation from the Clerk. Please include all contact information on submitted resumes.
Pursuant to Rule 10.09: “The members of the Council shall review any resumes so submitted and shall indicate in writing to the Clerk the name of any applicant who that member wishes to be personally interviewed at a special meeting of the Council, which shall be duly called pursuant to these rules and held not less than seven (7) days nor more than thirty (30) days after the occurrence of the vacancy.”
Metro Council will then assemble during a regular or special meeting of the council to hold a vote “not less than (7) days nor more than thirty (30) days after the occurrence of the vacancy” to “fill the vacancy from among the qualified persons interviewed, or as provided by state statute.” See KRS 67C.103(12), Rules 10.10 & 10.11.
The person chosen by Metro Council to hold the District 21 Metro Council seat will serve until the end of 2018, pursuant to Section 152 of the Kentucky Constitution. The District 21 Metro Council seat will be on the election ballot on Election Day, November 6, 2018, for the registered voters of District 21 to elect a candidate. The prevailing candidate will serve a full, four year term.
H. Stephen Ott
Clerk of the Louisville Metro Council
First Floor, Room 101
601 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202