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Ward 4 residents who’d like to be considered for a seat on the Billings City Council have until Jan. 24 to let Mayor Bill Cole know of their interest.

Councilmember Ryan Sullivan announced Jan. 2 that a new job in Houston means that Jan. 16 will be his last day on the council.

Cole will consider applicants’ qualifications before putting a name forward for the nine remaining council members to approve during their Feb. 5 meeting.

That date is important, said Bruce McCandless, the acting city administrator. If the council can’t decide on Sullivan’s successor by Feb. 12, the city’s charter requires a special election at the city's expense.

McCandless said Tuesday that a half-dozen or so Ward 4 residents have expressed interest in holding office. Sullivan’s council term expires Dec. 31, 2019.

Applicants must live within Ward 4 boundaries — the north and northwest portions of Billings — and must, according to the city charter, be “a qualified voter” in the city of Billings.

Cole said people interested in the council seat should send a resume, cover letter “and any other documents describing their qualifications and interest” before Jan. 24 to Wynette Maddox, Billings City Hall, 210 N. 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101.

“I expect a lot of interest,” Cole said. “I hope we can attract a large crop of qualified applicants.”

Cole said Sullivan brought “hard work and intellectual rigor” to the council, “and it’s going to be hard to fill his shoes.”



City Government Reporter

City reporter for The Billings Gazette.