The Manassas City Council is looking for city residents interested in serving as an interim council member after Vice Mayor Ken Elston announced in May he is resigning this summer, effective July 31. 

The council unanimously voted to direct the city attorney to file paperwork with the Prince William County Circuit Court to order a special election for Tuesday, Nov. 5. The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of Elston’s four-year term, which expires December 31, 2022, said City Manager Patrick Pate. 

The council plans to appoint an interim council member in August. The interim council member will serve until the special election results are certified, Pate said. 

The council directed on Monday for city staff to advertise a public notice to inform city residents they can apply to serve as interim city council member. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, July 12, Pate said. 

City council plans to hold a public interview to speak with applicants for the interim council position, Pate said. The council plans to hold the meeting on July 25, but may also hold a meeting on July 26, depending on the number of applicants, Pate said. 

Elston, the director of the School of Theater at George Mason University, plans to move to North Carolina to work as the associate dean of arts and sciences and director of performing arts at High Point University in High Point. 

Elston, a Democrat, has served on the council since he was first elected in 2014, and won re-election in November, helping Democrats gain their first majority on city council.

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