Government / Politics

Large applicant pool for council vacancy

City accepting applicants for District 4 vacancy through Friday, will send questions to applicants to shorten April 17 public interviews

Hollister officials said Tuesday that due to a large number of applicants for the District 4 city council seat vacated when Roy Sims resigned fewer than four months after winning election, they will send written questions to applicants in an effort to shorten the public interviews currently scheduled to start at 4 p.m. April 17.

Sims resigned March 6 after announcing that he was buying a house outside of his district, prompting the city to submit a letter of interest along with a résumé to the city clerk by 5 p.m. this Friday, April 7. Applicants will be interviewed by the sitting city council members before their regular April 17 meeting and a new council member is expected to be appointed to serve through November 2018, when the next general election is scheduled.

To qualify to serve as a council member, a person must be a resident of the district and be at least 18 years old. 

Applications must include a cover letter and a résumé, and may be submitted via email to [email protected] or in person at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 375 5th St., Hollister, CA 95023. Interested parties may also telephone the City Clerk, Tom Graves,  at 831-636-4300, ext. 16 for questions.

Tentatively, interviews will be conducted on April 17 from 4-6 p.m. City council members will deliberate from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and the successful candidate will be announced on or after 6:30 p.m. that evening.


Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.