Applications now accepted for Thao’s vacant seat on St. Paul City Council

The city of St. Paul is now accepting applications from those wishing to represent the city’s First Ward following the resignation announcement of current councilor Dai Thao.

As previously reported by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Thao announced last week that he will be vacating his position as of Aug. 1 for a position leading a faith-based organization in Sarasota, Florida.

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Whoever is selected to fill Thao’s position will serve until the end of Thao’s elected term, which runs through December of 2023.

In addition, the city says the council will consider applicants who are familiar with the city government and its operations, and will review applications before recommending a limited number of applicants who may be interviewed. City officials add that applicants must be able to devote significant time and energy to successfully represent the residents of Ward 1.

Ward 1 includes the neighborhoods of Thomas-Dale (Frogtown) and North End, Lexington-Hamline and Snelling-Hamline communities, as well as Summit-University district councils/neighborhoods and part of the Union Park District Council.

City leaders say interested applicants must agree to not run for the Ward 1 office in the 2023 election.

Interviews for finalists will be held in person on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Councilors will then appoint the interim council member, effective Aug. 10, 2022.

According to the city, applications — including a resume and cover letter — must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22. They can be emailed by CLICKING HERE, or be sent to the following address:

Brynn Hausz, Director of Operations
City Hall Suite 310
15 W. Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN