The City of Dover is seeking candidates to fill a vacant position on the City Council, the city announced Thursday.

The City Council declared the vacancy Wednesday and plan to fill the vacant seat, formerly held by Joshua Manley, at a January 27 meeting.

The vacancy is for the Ward 4 Councilor position.

Qualified candidates can apply until 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The necessary form can be obtained from the City Clerk's office or online at

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At a meeting that night, the city said each qualified candidate will have an opportunity to make a public presentation to the City Council on why they should be selected for the vacant seat. The meeting is open to the public and is scheduled to be televised on Channel 22 and available for on-demand viewing at

The City Council will then appoint a new Ward 4 City Councilor by majority vote at its January 27 meeting to fill out the remaining term until a new City Council is seated in 2022. In the event of a tie in votes between two candidates, City Council will flip a coin to determine the winner.

According to C3-4 of the City of Dover Charter, to be a qualified candidate a person must have lived in Dover for at least a year, be a resident of Ward 4 as well as a registered voter.

Manley resigned on December 15 when he informed Mayor Robert Carrier that he no longer lived in Dover. The City Council accepted Manley's registration and began the process of filling the vacant seat, a motion that passed via a 6-2 vote.

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