Mount Shasta city councilors decided last week to hold a special election in June to replace city clerk Prudy Kennedy, who resigned Feb. 8.

Interested parties can now take out nomination papers for the position at city hall during regular business hours. All nominees must be registered voters who live within Mount Shasta City limits. The term will expire in November, 2012.

Council came together at city hall for a special meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss the matter and decide how they’d like to proceed in replacing Kennedy, who has been the city clerk for 19 years.

While appointing a replacement wouldn’t cost the city anything, the council ultimately decided to hold an election.

A majority of the councilors based their decision on the fact that voters did not approve a ballot measure in November which would have made the city clerk an appointed position rather than an elected one.

When the issue came down to vote, councilor Tom Moore cast the sole dissenting vote, and the resolution passed 4-1. Moore said he feels citizens would rather appoint someone for the remainder of the term rather than spend money on a special election.

Anyone interested in taking out papers for the position can learn more by calling the County Clerk’s office at 842-8084.