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EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing is currently accepting applications for an upcoming vacancy on the East Lansing City Council. The appointed individual will serve temporarily for approximately two months, from the time of appointment to when the newly elected East Lansing City Councilmembers are sworn-in after the November 2, 2021 City Election.To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be a resident of East Lansing and registered to vote in East Lansing. An application is available for interested applicants at https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/councilapplication. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 6 and a special meeting of the East Lansing City Council will take place on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, to deliberate and select the new Councilmember. Upcoming Vacancy Background InformationAt this past Tuesday’s East Lansing City Council meeting, East Lansing Mayor Aaron Stephens announced that he will be resigning as East Lansing’s mayor, effective Aug. 11, to pursue a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. He will be attending in-person classes this fall, which means that he will be unable to attend the final four regular and two discussion-only Council meetings of his four-year term. “We want to thank Mayor Stephens for his dedicated leadership to the City of East Lansing, especially over the past year as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas. “We wish him all the best in this next chapter of his life.”“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this City,” said Mayor Stephens during his announcement at this past Tuesday’s meeting. “Over the past four years, I have been blessed and lucky to work with some of the best people I have ever met and the best community a mayor could ask for. I know East Lansing will continue to move forward and I hope folks are as proud of this City as I am.” Mayor Pro Tem Jessy Gregg will be sworn-in as mayor following the resignation of Mayor Stephens in August.
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