The Santa Rosa City Council has decided on a plan to appoint a new council member after Councilmember Jack Tibbetts announced his resignation earlier this month.

The city will begin accepting applications on Jan. 5 for people vying to serve District 3 in the eastern end of Santa Rosa.

Tibbetts on Dec. 14 announced his resignation effective this past Tuesday, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. The person chosen to replace him will serve through December 2022 and the seat is up for general election in November.

At noon on Jan. 5, application documents will be available at the city clerk’s office at City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave., and the application must be filed by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19.

Applicants must be a registered voter living in District 3. The City Council will interview each applicant at a public meeting scheduled for Feb. 8 and make a selection after that, according to the city.

More details about the vacancy and appointment process can be found online.

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