December 17, 2010 is the deadline to have your application in to be considered for a position on the Columbus City Council.
Politicos and average citizens can prep their resumes - six copies actually alongside a two-page narrative on the issues Columbus faces - and submit them to the City Clerk staff by noon on Friday.
The two positions available are being vacated by president Michael Mentel who resigned last month and Charleta Taveres who was elected to the Ohio Senate. According to their website, the positions pay $37,710 yearly for council members with the president of city council earning $45,365 yearly. The members also receive a comprehensive health insurance package and reimbursements related to travel for the council. Not bad!
Five of the six copies of the application packet go to the members of council for review and one goes on file for the media and counts as public record, available for anyone who requests it. So, essentially, if you tend to pad your resume or have old loans you've been ducking, you might want to think twice before submitting your information.
This is a fantastic opportunity for people to really get involved in their community. It's really easy to sit back and arm chair legislate, but I'd like to challenge civic minded individuals, big thinking folks and hard working people to consider putting their hat in for a position. Here is more information from the Columbus City Council website on the application process:
Monday, December 6, 2010 through Friday, December 17, 2010 - 12:00 p.m.
- Applicants must submit six copies (one for each remaining member of Council and one to be made available for media purposes) of their resume and a two-page narrative to the City Clerk. All applications must be physically received and time-stamped by City Clerk staff in Room 231 of City Hall by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17. No emails or facsimiles will be accepted. Applicants are solely responsible for ensuring the City Clerk receives their information before the deadline. No exceptions will be made.
Would you run for city, state or federal office? If not, why? What should council members look for when interviewing their pool of applicants?