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Today Marks Deadline for Vacant Council Seat Candidacy

September 3rd, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Today is the deadline to submit letters of interest for the soon to be vacant City Council seat- however the names of the candidates under consideration won’t be released to the general public. This represents the continuation of a policy that was first utilized in January of 2019 when the council reviewed and interviewed some 16 applicants without making any names known to city residents. Prior to 2019 – the process of filling a vacant council seat in Cumberland was far more transparent with all of the names made public- and potential candidates asked to appear to make presentations at council meetings. This current vacancy was created with the resignation of councilman Seth Bernard- who will participate in his final meeting this coming Tuesday. While the potential replacements won’t be identified before a final decision is made, Mayor Ray Morriss talked with WCBC News about the attributes he would like to see in the next council person……