Council Member Julie Combs resigned her City Council seat effective November 25, 2019. Section 31 of the Santa Rosa City Charter provides that such vacancy may be filled either:
(a) by appointment by the Council within 60 days of the vacancy, or
(b) by the calling of a special election.
At the next regular Council Meeting on December 3, 2019, per Council Policy No. 000-23, the Council will hear an item to determine which method it prefers for the filling of the vacancy. If the Council determines to fill the vacancy by appointment, they will also adopt a schedule setting forth the time and date for:
(1) submission of applications to fill the vacancy;
(2) submission by the public of questions for applicant interviews; and
(3) interviews of prospective candidates by the Council at a public meeting.
If the Council decides to call a special election, the election would take place no earlier than the second Tuesday in April, 2020.