The Battle Creek City Commission will accept applications to fill the vacant Ward 5 commissioner position. The position opened when Vice Mayor Dave Walters resigned from the commission, effective Sunday. In his resignation letter to Mayor Mark Behnke, he cited private and professional reasons for leaving the commission.

At last night’s regular meeting, the City Commission agreed to receive applications which are due Friday, July 27 to the City Clerk’s Office. The commission will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31 to interview qualified candidates. Those individuals also will be able to make a brief statement. Commissioners may vote during the special meeting, or schedule additional time to complete the process, if necessary. Regarding the choice of a new vice mayor, the commission will wait to do so until the vacancy is filled.