Two St. Paul City Council members have resigned since March, leaving the City with just enough members to have a quorum. Councilor Tim Woodland is the latest resignation, following the March resignation of Councilor Velma Amaya-Medina. How this will affect Council business and City Budget preparation is yet to be seen.
The City Council has advertised the openings and is seeking letters of interest from qualified City residents who may wish to serve on the Council. The remaining two Councilors and the Mayor may appoint persons to serve out the remaining terms of the vacant positions.
Since the Council has enough remaining members to constitute a quorum, it can still function, make binding decisions, and give final approval to a City Budget, but only if all three members are present at a meeting.
If a third resignation occurs, the remaining Council members are required by State law to call a special election to elect members to fill ALL vacant positions. If all City Council positions became vacant, the Marion County Commissioners would appoint three persons to serve as Council members to create a quorum, and those appointed would meet to appoint two more persons to constitute the full 5-person Council required by the City Charter.