By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 12/09/14, 8:12 PM PST |

REDLANDS >> The Redlands City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss filling a vacancy following Pete Aguilar’s vacating his seat.

The councilman and congressman-elect’s resignation from his council position will be effective Dec. 15. Aguilar will take a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives next month.

The City Council has 60 days from Aguilar’s resignation to appoint a member to serve for the remainder of his term or to call a special election.

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters estimates the cost to the city for a special election at approximately $88,000, according to a city news release.

Mayor Pro Tem Jon Harrison said the appointment process was effective in 2006, when Aguilar was appointed, and it would get the council to a full five-member board more quickly than through a special election.

Harrison said if they go the appointment route, he hopes the council adopts a very open and transparent process that would allow the community to give their input.

“That’s the biggest concern I ever hear is that the community feels that the appointment process may not provide them an adequate opportunity to weigh in, and we need to define a process that makes as much of an opportunity as possible for the public to express their views and recommendations,” Harrison said.

Aguilar was elected Nov. 4 to represent the 31st Congressional District. He tendered his resignation from the City Council on Monday.

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