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Staff file photo / Former Signal Mountain Town Councilman Dan Landrum speaks during a town council meeting in 2016 at Signal Mountain Town Hall.

The town of Signal Mountain is accepting applications through Sept. 15 for the town council seat of Dan Landrum, who resigned last month to take a job out of state.

Landrum was serving his third term on the council and was named mayor by majority vote of the five-member council for a two-year term beginning in 2018.

"Dan was kind of the lone voice of reason for a while on the town council," Mayor Charles Poss said. "When he became mayor it really was a breath of fresh air that we kind of cleared ourselves of a lot of the controversy and things became boring again in a good way.

"I think he was a real asset to the town and the community, and I was very appreciative of his years on the town council."

According to the town charter, councilors may either appoint someone to fill the vacancy by majority vote or hold an election.

If the council fails to appoint someone to fill the vacancy within 30 days of Landrum's Aug. 28 resignation, the town must hold a costly special election to fill the seat, Poss said.

For consideration, candidates must live in the town and submit a resume along with an application available on the town's website.

At a special meeting Aug. 31 called by the council to discuss how the vacancy would be filled, Landrum asked council members to consider creating an opportunity for the public to address potential candidates.

The remaining council members agreed, and citizens may email questions they have for the candidates to tcquestions@signalmountaintn.gov. Council members also will have the opportunity to publicly ask questions of the applicants before the appointment.

The deadline for submission of candidate applications and citizen questions for candidates is Sept. 15.

Councilors will appoint one of the applicants to fill the vacancy at their Sept. 27 meeting at 6 p.m. at town hall.

The new councilor's term will run from the date they are sworn in until the end of Landrum's term in November 2022.

Contact Emily Crisman at ecrisman@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6508.

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