City announces Appointment Process to fill vacant Council Seat

City announces Appointment Process to fill vacant Council Seat


10/23/13 – With a vacancy on the City council created by the resignation of Bob Botts, the City of Banning today announced the procedural details for an appointment to the Council. Any registered voter within the City of Banning will be eligible to apply for appointment to the vacant Council seat.

The application form to apply for an appointment to the Council can be downloaded by clicking here. The completed application must be returned to the City Clerk no later than November 7 @ 5PM.  Interviews with each applicant will be conducted in public session soon thereafter.


Today’s Press Release reads as follows :



On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, a special meeting of the Banning City Council was called to order by Mayor Franklin to discuss the selection method of filling a recently vacated City Council seat.

The City’s existing Ordinance states “If a vacancy occurs in a City Council seat, the City Council may, within thirty days from the commencement of the vacancy, fill the vacancy by appointment or call for a special election.” Riverside County has indicated that a special election would cost roughly $40,000.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the Banning City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1473, repealing and replacing Section 2.04.040 of the Banning Municipal Code relating to City Council vacancies in order to conform to California Government Code Section 35612. The newly adopted Ordinance eliminates the thirty day window and allows the City sixty days to fill the vacancy. If the vacancy is not filled within sixty days then a special election would take place.

The City is currently accepting applications for the vacated City Council seat. Applications are available at Banning City Hall located at 99 E. Ramsey Street in Banning, the Banning Chamber of Commerce located at 60 E. Ramsey Street, and they are also available on the City of Banning website at

Applications are due to the Banning City Clerk on or before Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 5:00pm. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Applicants will be subject to background checks by the Banning Police Department and the United States Department of Justice. The background check includes fingerprinting. Applicants must also be a United States registered voter.

Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 951.922.3102 or the City’s Public Information Officer at 951.922.3181 if you have any questions. 


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