Vacancy on Council - Apply Now

Vacancy on Council – Apply Now

On Monday, January 8, 2018, the West Branch City Council accepted with regret the resignation of Councilman Dave Lucas.  On behalf of the City, we thank Mr. Lucas for his exemplary service to the community.

Following Mr. Lucas’s resignation, as per City Charter section 5.2, the West Branch City Council declared vacant Mr. Lucas’s “at-large” seat on the Council (term expiring 12/31/2020).  As such, the City Council is seeking eligible candidates to fill the open seat via appointment by a majority vote of the remaining Council members, which is scheduled to occur at Council’s 6:00 p.m. regular meeting scheduled for Monday, February 5, 2018 (to take place in the Council Chambers of West Branch City Hall, located at 121 N. 4th St., West Branch, MI, 48661). 

Interested parties must be eligible to serve on the City Council, which requires that they be “qualified elector[s]” of the City (i.e., properly registered voters of the City of West Branch).  Interested parties should also be willing to commit to attending Council meetings, which are typically held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.  Council members are also generally expected to serve on various other boards and commissions, as needed.  Payment for serving as a Council member of the West Branch City Council is $50 per Council meeting (pay for serving on boards and commissions varies, with some board and commission meetings paying nothing).

Parties seeking to apply should be aware that they will be required to turn in to Clerk Dantzer a completed application (available at City Hall or by clicking HERE) by the following deadline: NOON on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  In addition, applicants will also be required to attend the 6:00 p.m. Council meeting scheduled for Monday, February 5, 2018, and be prepared to give an interview to the current Council members and answer any questions they may have regarding their application.  A decision is anticipated to be made at that same meeting.

Additional questions regarding eligibility or service on the West Branch City Council can be directed to Clerk/Treasurer John Dantzer or City Manager Heather Grace at (989) 345-0500, or via email at or


Applicable City Charter Selections:

(a)  No person shall seek nomination for, be elected or appointed to, or hold any elective office of the City unless he is and continues to be while in office a qualified elector of the City and, in the case of a Councilman representing a ward, a resident of that ward.
(b)  There shall be filed as part of the nominating petition of each candidate for elective office an affidavit that he possesses the qualifications for such office provided in this section. No nominating petition shall be accepted unless containing this affidavit.
(c)  Except as otherwise provided in this Charter or by statute City Council shall establish terms of office, eligibility requirements and other provisions for appointment to boards and commissions and to citizen advisory bodies. In determining whether non-residents of the City may qualify for such appointment, Council shall consider as a factor the advancement of the overall best interests of the City.
(d)  Except where authorized by statute or by this Charter no elective officer of the City shall hold other employment with the City or be appointed to any other City office during this term of office. No former elective officer shall be appointed to administrative office or be employed by the City for two years following the term of office for which he was elected, except by unanimous vote of the Council; provided, however, that such prohibition shall not apply to membership on appointive boards and commissions, or to a former elective officer who achieves the top score in a competitive examination for a position under a formally adopted merit system.

Any elective City office shall be declared vacant by the Council before the expiration of the term of such office:
(a)  For any reason specified by statute or by this Charter as creating a vacancy in office; or for failure to meet requirements of this Charter for holding office;
(b)  If no person is elected to, or qualifies for, the office at the election at which such office is to be filled;
(c)  If the officer shall be found guilty by a competent court of any act constituting misconduct in office under provision of this Charter;
(d)  In the case of any member of the Council, if such officer shall miss three consecutive regular meetings of the Council or twenty-five (25%) percent of such meetings in any fiscal year of the City, unless such absence shall be excused by the Council for an adequate reason as defined by rules of procedure.
(e)  If the officer is removed from office by the Council in accordance with the provisions of Section 5.4.
(f)  Through resignation or death.

Resignations of elective officers shall be made in writing and filed with the Clerk and shall be acted upon by the Council at its next regular meeting following receipt thereof by the Clerk.

(a)  In the event of a vacancy in the office of any member of City Council, the remaining members by majority vote shall appoint within thirty (30) days a qualified person to fill the balance of the original unexpired term; provided, however, that if the period remaining of such term is ninety (90) days or less no appointment shall be made.
(b)  If any vacancy in the office of Councilman which the Council is authorized to fill is not so filled within thirty (30) days after such vacancy occurs, or if three or more vacancies exist simultaneously in the office of Councilman, such vacancies shall be filled for the balance of the respective unexpired terms at a special election. In connection with any special election to fill a vacancy or vacancies in any elective office candidates shall be nominated by petition in a manner identical to that provided in Sections 3.7 to 3.10, inclusive; the names of all qualified candidates who file sufficient valid nomination petitions thirty (30) days before such special election shall be certified to the Election Commission and placed on the ballot; and all other provisions of this Charter not inconsistent with this Section 5.6 shall govern.
(c)  Candidates elected to fill a vacancy at a special election shall take office immediately upon certification by the Board of Canvassers.
(d)  The provisions of this Section 5.6. shall not apply to the filling of vacancies resulting from recall.

(a)  Except by procedure provided in this Charter, the terms of office of the elective officers shall not be shortened. The terms of elective officers shall not be extended beyond the period for which any such officer was elected except that an elective officer shall, after his term has expired, continue to hold office until his successor is elected or appointed and qualified.
(b)  The Council shall not grant or authorize extra compensation to any officer or employee after his service has been rendered. The salary of any elective officer shall not be increased or decreased during the term for which he was elected.

Every officer, elective or appointive, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take the oath of office prescribed for public officers by the Constitution and shall file the oath with the Clerk, together with any bond required by law, this Charter or by the Council. In case of failure to comply with the provisions of this section within ten (10) days from the date he is notified in writing of his election or appointment, such officer shall be deemed to have declined the office and such office shall thereupon become vacant unless the Council shall by resolution extend the time in which such officer may qualify