Council Vacancy Screening Committee to Interview Ward 5 Candidates

April 19, 2017

After the resignation of Ward 5 Councilmember John Skubal created a vacancy on Overland Park's City Council, the Council Vacancy Screening Committee has moved forward with the selection process for a new Ward 5 representative.

The Council Vacancy Screening Committee of the City Council received seven applications and has scheduled interviews with five candidates. The following individuals will be interviewed:  Kathryn Arbuckle-Higdon-Dailey; Faris Farassati; Rob McKnight; Nicole Novak; and Trish Reedy.

Interviews will be conducted on Friday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 25 at 4 p.m.

Following the interviews, the screening committee will recommend as many as two potential replacements to the Council Committee of the Whole for its consideration. 

The Council Committee of the Whole will interview one or both of the candidates recommended by the screening committee on May 1, 2017 between 4:30 and 5:30, and will recommend a replacement to the remaining members of the Council and the Mayor at the City Council meeting on May 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. 

The remaining members of the Council and the Mayor will, by majority vote, appoint or reject the recommended replacement.

The person appointed to the vacant Ward 5 position will serve until January, 2018.  On November 7, Ward 5 voters will select a candidate to complete the remainder of Skubal’s four-year term, which expires in January, 2020.

Skubal, who was elected to the Kansas Senate last November, and has a full-time job with Kaw Valley Engineering, submitted his resignation from the City Council prior to the April 3 meeting.


Michael Koss 913-895-6080