Richland has extended the application period for the open city council seat until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.

“We have learned that a technical failure over the weekend prevented the submission of applications for a period of time. As a result, we will be extending the deadline until Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and notifying the public via social media,” City Manager Jon Amundson explained in an email to the Observer.

The original deadline was 5:00 p.m. Monday.

The seat became available when Councilmember Phil Lemley submitted his resignation. Lemley moved to Arkansas, his home state, to be near family.

When Councilmember Brad Anderson resigned in 2020, 33 people applied for his open seat.  Three women were chosen to be interviewed for the position. The council picked Marianne Boring, a long-time member of the Richland Board of Adjustment and the Richland Planning Commission.

Boring ran for her own term in 2021 but lost to Theresa Richardson.