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The City of Baker will soon fill its Ward 1 vacancy on the city council, if everything goes according to plan.

The vacancy was created when former councilman Steve Zachmann assumed the duties of mayor for the city, replacing the acting mayor (Pat Ehret) and former mayor JoDee Pratt.

The council decided to move ahead with seeking a replacement at its Sept. 2 meeting, setting up a (Sept. 8) deadline for accepting letters of interest and a plan to review the applicants at its Sept. 16 meeting.

Ward 1 extends east from the alleyway between First and Second Street West.

The process will be to make an appointment from among the applicants, the new mayor said. He noted that the council would be setting up the process for how the applications would be handled.

“I would like to see them (the applicants) come so that we could talk to them a little bit. We could ask them questions and then they could ask questions of us. That way the public gets to know why we voted and how we did,” one of the councilwomen said..

The vacancy will be filled for the balance of the term which would be until January of 2022, the mayor explained, noting that the next election for Ward 1 would be in November of 2021.

“I would like to invite them so that we could ask them some questions,” Brittany Hoversland said, as she seconded the motion by Tracey Goerndt.

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