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Claremont City Council Weighs Options on Councilor’s Seat

Claremont — Mayor Jim Neilsen said Monday the City Council has two options when deciding how to fill the council seat held by Chris Irish, who resigned last week.

Neilsen said the council can either appoint someone in November who would fill the seat for one month, or they could ask the person who is elected to Irish’s at-large seat to join the council a month early rather than wait until January when newly elected councilors formally begin their terms.

All nine council seats are up for election Nov. 5. The filing period for candidates begins Wednesday and continues until Friday, Sept. 27.

Under the city charter, the council has 60 days to replace Irish’s seat, who said his reason for resigning was because a family member was applying for a city job.

Irish did not indicate which family member is applying for a job. He is near the end of his second, two-year term.

Neilsen said he doesn’t anticipate holding a special meeting to fill the seats. The council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Oct. 9.