The City of Sumner plans to have a new City Council member in place by April 18.
Applications to fill Matt Richardson’s seat are available on the city’s website.
They’re due April 8, with candidate interviews planned for April 11.
The person selected by the council will fill the seat through the November general election. The winner of that election then will be sworn-in.
Last week, Richardson was essentially removed from office by his fellow council members. They voted 4-1 not to excuse his absence from three consecutive council meetings.
Under state law, a council seat becomes vacant if the council member misses three meetings in a row without being excused by the council.
Richardson wrote in a Feb. 26 letter to the city administrator that he planned to take a six-week leave of absence, but he didn’t specify why. City officials have said their attempts to reach him about the leave were unsuccessful.