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Jeannette council was to appoint a new member Thursday night

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

City Council will hear from those interested in joining city government during a special meeting today at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

Jim Benson resigned from council on Dec. 31. He was appointed to fill the position left vacant by former councilman Ron Dinsmore's resignation in 2011.

Council requested that residents submit letters of interest, detailing why they are interested in joining council.

Tonight, council is expected to listen to those who wrote letters and to vote to appoint someone to the position. Last year, when Benson was appointed, council held a more formal interview process. Tonight's meeting may be conducted differently. City Clerk Michael Minyon said he received several letters of interest soon after Benson announced his resignation.

The term is set to expire in December 2013. The seat was originally held by Dinsmore, who resigned the seat in the fall of 2011. Council finance chair Bill Bedont was appointed to the spot originally, but he resigned that seat when he was elected to a full four-year term. Council appointed Benson in February 2012.

Council is also looking for interested applicants to fill vacancies on other boards and commissions. There is one opening on the Civil Service Commission, a four-year term, one opening on the Redevelopment Authority, a four-year term, and one opening on the Zoning Hearing Board, a three-year term.

All letters of interest in these boards must be submitted this week. Those who would like to be considered by council for a spot on one of these boards are encouraged to deliver their letter to City Hall, 110 South Second St., Jeannette, PA 15644.

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at klinden@tribweb.com or 724-838-5154.

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