The council was left in a bind with only two members – Ed Steele and Dave Keisler – after Nick Mitchell and Chris Raine resigned their seats last Monday. Without three councilors, city business is at a standstill.

Dunsmuir city councilors will convene for a special meeting Thursday evening to interview and possibly appoint one candidate to create a three-person quorum so city business can commence.

The council was left in a bind with only two members – Ed Steele and Dave Keisler – after Nick Mitchell and Chris Raine resigned their seats last Monday. Without three councilors, city business is at a standstill.

 A list of candidates who have submitted applications of interest in the seat will be made available tomorrow morning, April 30 at 9 a.m.

Whether the city will appoint one person or, after a quorum is established, two, is something that hasn’t been decided yet, said city manager Brenda Bains.

The term of the appointed councilor would expire in November, Bains said. An election has already been scheduled for Nov. 5 so voters can select a replacement for Diane Dolf, who resigned her seat in January. The other two vacant seats will be added to the ballot, so three councilors will be selected at that time.

Dunsmuir consulted with the League of California Cities to determine how to proceed with just two councilors, Bains said, and city attorney John Kenny researched the proper way to move forward from what Siskiyou County Clerk Colleen Setzer described as a “unique situation.”

Kenny said the council has 60 days from the resignations to appoint a third councilor or call an election. In a memo to the council dated April 26, Kenny cited case law that dates back to 1936, which says two councilors do have the authority to fill vacancies.

The appointee would most likely be considered a “de facto” officer, Kenny said. A challenge to the validity of their appointment could be made only by a court filing approved by the state attorney general.

Their actions while on the council would remain valid even if the challenge were successful, Kenny said.

The special meeting to interview candidates and possibly make an appointment will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 in council chambers, 5902 Dunsmuir Ave.