NEW ORLEANS - The deadline for members of the public to apply for the vacant interim City Council seat is today, January 20, by 5 PM. The selected candidate will serve for the remainder of the term of former Councilmember At-Large Jason Williams, who is now officially sworn in as the City’s new District Attorney.
Qualified New Orleanians interested in taking on this role may visit council.nola.gov/interim to apply and submit a resume. As a reminder, anyone who serves as interim Councilmember At-Large may not run for that position in the Fall 2021 elections.
The process for filling a vacancy on the Council is as follows:
- Filling the vacancy must be at a regularly scheduled council meeting by a majority vote of the Council.
- The Council has 30 days from the vacancy to fill the appointment, or the Mayor shall appoint a citizen.
- Any person filling the vacancy cannot qualify as a candidate for that office in the Fall 2021 Council election.
The Charter requires that all Councilmembers (elected or interim) satisfy the following qualifications:
- Be a citizen of the United States;
- Currently be a qualified elector of and domiciled in the City of New Orleans;
- For at-large members, the candidate must have been domiciled in the City for the past two years; and
- The candidate does not hold any other public office or position (except for some named exceptions, such as notary public).
The application process will remain open until January 20, 2021, at 5 PM. For more information or to apply, please please visit council.nola.gov/interim.
Chief of Staff
Councilmember-at-Large Helena Moreno