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Bloomington Councilmember Cynthia Bemis Abrams Resigns

Process to Fill Vacancy for Unexpired Term Begins

May 24, 2016

Councilmember At Large Cynthia Bemis Abrams announced her resignation from her position on the Bloomington City Council on May 16. Her resignation will be effective June 4. Councilmember Abrams, who took office in 2014, is moving with her husband Dave to Chicago this summer. A resolution declaring the vacancy will be before the City Council at its June 6 meeting.

As required by City Charter Section 2.05, the City Council must pass a resolution declaring the vacancy. The resolution will begin the process for the appointment of a person to fill Abrams unexpired term through December 2017.

Residents may apply for appointment to the open seat to complete the unexpired term. To be considered, residents must reside in Bloomington. Because this is an at-large seat, residents who reside in any district are eligible. Councilmembers earn $12,396 annually for the part-time position. Candidates must complete an affidavit and application available for download below and also at the City Clerk’s Office at Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road.

The deadline for receipt of applications at the City Clerk’s Office is Tuesday, June 21, 4:30 p.m. 

The City Council will conduct interviews on Wednesday, July 6 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Civic Plaza. An appointment will be made by Monday, July 11. For more information, call the City Clerk’s Office at 952-563-4925.

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Adopted in 1960, the City Charter provides for a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council, which includes an elected mayor and six other elected councilmembers, exercises the legislative power of the City of Bloomington and determines all City policies.

The Council appoints a professional city manager, who is responsible to the Council for the administration of all City business. The Council also appoints citizens to various advisory boards and commissions.

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Starting June 23, 2014, City Council meeting documents have been provided through the City's online agenda management system.

  • Agendas – listing of items to be discussed at each meeting.
  • Webcasts – video access to most regular meetings. These meetings are streamed live during the meeting and uploaded as an archived video soon after the conclusion of the meeting. (Special meetings and study meetings are only audio recorded.)
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  • Minutes – the official record of each meeting, are posted after approved by Council, which can take several weeks.

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  • Regular meetings are at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month, in Bloomington Civic Plaza's Council Chambers. This schedule is adjusted to accommodate holidays. 
  • Study meetings may be held at 6 p.m. on an off-week Monday (the second, third, or fourth Monday of the month). These meetings are in the Haeg Conference on the second floor of Civic Plaza.
  • The Council also holds joint meetings with other organizational groups, special meetings and meetings on property taxes.

See the schedule in our agenda management system for more information about the schedule for each type of meeting.

Better Together: 2016 State of the City

March 16, 2016
The annual State of the City presentation featuring Mayor Gene Winstead and City Manager Jamie Verbrugge. 

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Upcoming City Council meetings

  • City Council meeting
    Monday, June 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
    Visit the City's online agenda management system to view the agenda, voting results, minutes and video links for this meeting as they...
  • City Council study meeting
    Monday, June 13, 2016 - 6:00pm
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