The man who is named to the position during the 5 p.m. meeting at City Hall will serve the remainder of Elliott’s term, which expires in 2014.
Elliott was elected to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 6 election. He resigned from the City Council on Dec. 18 and was sworn into his new position Monday, Jan. 7.
During the most recent City Council meeting Dec. 18, the four sitting council members decided they would limit the applicant pool to the three people who unsuccessfully ran for two City Council seats in November — Morelos, Manne and Roger Birdsall.
The trio lost to first-term Councilwoman Nancy Young and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Maciel, who won his second four-year term on the council.
Both Morelos, who finished third in the election, and Manne, who finished fourth, have told the Press that they will seek the appointment.
Birdsall, however, stated at a Nov. 20 City Council meeting that the person who finished third behind Young and Maciel should be named to the seat.
On Wednesday, Jan. 9, Birdsall said that even though he was eligible under the council’s rules, he would withdraw from consideration for Elliott’s seat and would again encourage the council to appoint the third-place finisher in the election.
The council’s decision to limit the applicant pool was a compromise after an earlier deadlock.
Originally, Maciel and Mayor Brent Ives wanted to open the vacant seat to all eligible Tracy residents, while Young and Councilman Robert Rickman favored either appointing the third-place finisher or at least limiting the pool to those who campaigned for a council seat in 2012.
The council unanimously rejected an idea to conduct a special election to fill the vacancy.
On Tuesday, the council is expected to approve questions drafted by Rickman and Maciel, who volunteered for the subcommittee tasked with creating a list of queries.
Candidates will be expected to answer the questions in open session, and council members will make a nomination and vote.
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