Commissioner Dan Jurkovich officially resigned Tuesday night from the City Commission of Arkansas City. A replacement city commissioner now will have to be selected by the other four commissioners to fill the remaining five months of Jurkovich’s term, which is not set to expire until Jan. 13, 2020. Jurkovich, who was nearing the end of his second consecutive term and has served on the City Commission since 2013, cited his family and job as primary reasons for his decision to step down early. Mayor Warren said applications for the vacancy will be accepted until noon August 16, when the four remaining commissioners will have a study session at City Hall to consider all of the applicants.
Depending on how that discussion goes, Warren said, the commissioners may choose to appoint a replacement during their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. August 20, or they may decide to wait until September 3. State law and municipal code direct the commissioners to appoint a replacement within 30 days of being notified of the vacancy. A majority must agree on the choice, but there are no other considerations required regarding the selection. Applicants interested in being appointed to Jurkovich’s vacant commission position may submit a letter of interest to the City Commission through the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 118 W. Central Ave. The letter should highlight the candidate’s previous civic involvement, any professional associations or honors, and their reason for interest in the position. Candidates may also apply by filling out a volunteer form that can be found on the City’s website.