The search is on for a replacement to fill the Great Bend City Council vacancy left by the resignation of Marty Keenan.
At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Mayor Mike Allison announced there had been two applications for the opening. He named council members Dana Dawson and Ken Roberts to serve with him on a committee to interview the candidates, whose names have not been released, and make a selection.
City Administrator Howard Partington said the committee will report its findings to the full council at either the Sept. 17 or Oct. 1 meeting. At that time, a decision will be made.
The council Aug. 20 officially accepted Keenan’s resignation. Keenan was elected to the council April 3 to a two-year term to serve the Second Ward.
After Keenan’s announcement, the city accepted applications through the end of August. It is a non-partisan position.
Allison said at the time that at the meeting following the application deadline, he would form a committee of council members to sift through the candidates.
A native Great Bend resident and an attorney for the family-owned Keenan Law Firm, Keenan announced his plans to leave the community in August. He moved to Hastings, Neb., to teach political science and international relations at Central Community College.