By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

The Killeen City Council will have a special meeting Saturday to work out details about how to fill the vacated District 4 seat.

Councilman Ernest Wilkerson resigned his seat June 9 for family reasons. Currently, no timeline or process for filling the seat exists, as the city's charter doesn't specify when the spot needs to be filled.

The charter does state that the new council member must be approved by a majority vote of the council and that whoever fills the seat must live in District 4. That person will bypass an election and fill Wilkerson's seat until his near-full term expires in May 2013.

This is not the first time voters didn't have a say in the District 4 council seat.

Wilkerson was last appointed to the position after the council declared his spot unopposed, allowing him to skip last May's election. He was officially re-sworn in May 24.

Council members Juan Rivera and Kenny Wells also re-assumed power this way, as in each case there were no challengers.

The special meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the conference room of the Utility Collections Building at 210 W. Avenue C. Immediately after the meeting, the council will conduct a workshop to discuss the current budget and plan for the preliminary 2011-12 budget.

According to a Killeen news release, any District 4 resident interested in filling the vacant seat must submit an application by 5 p.m. June 23.

Applications can be picked up at the city secretary's office on the third floor of City Hall, 101 College St.

Contact Anthony Scott at ascott@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

Special meeting

The Killeen City Council meets at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Utility Collections Building, 210 W. Avenue C. A workshop session on the budget follows the meeting.

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