(Chicago) – Extra: Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that he will launch an “open process” to replace the retiring 33rd Ward Alderman Dick Mell.
“Alderman Mell has served the City of Chicago and the 33rd Ward with distinction for nearly 40 years,” said Emanuel.
“In a city known for its colorful characters, Alderman Mell is a larger than life Chicago character who, just like the Billy Goat and Second City, is a Chicago institution and, in his own way, he has defined what public service and class look like,” Emanuel added.
Mell’s retirement is effective July 24.
“I am looking for a candidate with a strong background, solid ties to the community, and a willingness to tackle the tough issues facing Chicagoans,” said Emanuel.
Beginning Friday, July 5th at 9am through 5pm on Thursday, July 11th, any eligible resident of the 33rd Ward will be able to submit their credentials for consideration.
The Mayor will appoint a community-based commission to review the applications and submit a list of finalists for him to choose from.
Emanuel expects to have the new Alderman sworn in at the July 24th City Council meeting.