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Published March 30, 2017 at 10:12 am

The city of Farmington is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Farmington City Council, which was created after Council Member Tim Pitcher resigned on March 9.

The term of the seat runs through Dec. 31, 2018 — the date that Pitcher’s term would have ended.

To be considered for the vacancy applicants must be a resident of Farmington, be 21 years of age or older, and a United States citizen.

Applications must be received by noon Tuesday, April 4. Interviews will likely be held on Monday, April 10. An application packet is available online at www.ci.farmington.mn.us.

Pitcher wrote in his resignation letter to the city: “I have been given the unique opportunity to save and improve lives in the private sector, in which I am moving out of Farmington to perform.”

He has since declined further comment regarding his resignation.

With Pitcher’s resignation, Council Member Robyn Craig was appointed to the city’s Economic Development Authority, a position she had expressed interest in being appointed to since she was elected this fall.

Pitcher was elected to the council in 2014.

Mayor Todd Larson said he does not have special qualities for an ideal candidate in mind, but he hopes the new council member will mesh with the rest of the group. Most importantly, he said this new council member must understand that it’s “fine to disagree, as long as they are able to work through the differences.”

Because the council primarily focuses on the budget, Larson recommends that candidates review the city budget to best understand what it is the council oversees. He also suggests having a conversation with City Administrator David McKnight.

The City Council meets the first and third Monday of each month and has a regular work session scheduled on the second Monday of each month. Council members are also assigned to various committees that meet periodically.

Residents with questions about the opening should contact McKnight at dmcknight@nullci.farmington.mn.us or 651-280-6801. Contact Maren Bauer at maren.bauer@nullecm-inc.com.