06/15/04 — No applicants yet for Goodman seat

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No applicants yet for Goodman seat

By Barbara Arntsen
Published in News on June 15, 2004 1:58 PM

Applicants for the vacancy on the Goldsboro City Council aren't exactly beating down the doors: No one has yet applied for the position.

But there is still plenty of time for qualified candidates to surface, because the city is accepting resumes to fill the vacancy until 5 p.m. on July 9.

That gives applicants more than three weeks to submit an application to the city for the seat held by William Goodman, who represented District 3. The district cuts a narrow swath through central Goldsboro from Harris Street to the northern city limit on William Street.

Goodman resigned from the council on June 2 after pleading guilty to a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretenses. He had been on the board for 17 years. State law prohibits anyone convicted of a felony from holding public office.

The council put a half-page advertisement in the newspaper, soliciting candidates for the position.

Whoever is selected to fill the vacancy will hold the position until the fall of 2007.

To be eligible for the vacancy the applicant must have lived in North Carolina for one year, have lived in District 3 for at least 30 days, be a qualified voter in Goldsboro, and be at least 18 years old.

After all the applications are received, a screening committee will winnow the applicants down to three candidates. The entire council will interview those candidates.

Mayor Al King and Councilmen Charles Williams and Chuck Allen will serve as the screening committee.

The council expects to name the new person by the July 19 council meeting.

All applications should be mailed directly to Mayor Al King, P.O. Drawer A, Goldsboro, N.C. 27533-9701.