New Streator council member may be named Thursday

5 candidates apply for vacant Streator council seat

The Streator City Council plans to fill its vacancy during its 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, meeting.

Five candidates applied to fill the vacant seat.

The City Council met in closed session Tuesday afternoon to discuss the vacancy left by former councilman Joe Scarbeary, who resigned to accept a position as the city’s full-time building inspector.

The council plans to meet in closed session Thursday night, then reconvene to discuss and take action on naming a new council member. The oath of office will be administered to the new council member Thursday.

After Scarbeary’s Sept. 16 resignation, the council has 60 days to name a successor by state law. The council accepted applications up to a Sept. 24 deadline.

Scarbeary was reelected in April to a four-year term, garnering the most votes of the four candidates. Under state law, council vacancies are filled by appointment by the City Council until the next regular municipal election, which is set for 2023. The selected candidate would fill out that term.

Derek Barichello

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.