The deadline to file an application to serve as the Ward 1 representative on the Decorah City Council is Friday, July 12, at 5 p.m. at Decorah City Hall.

John Franzen recently resigned from the Ward 1 position because he has taken a new job that has travel requirements that will make him unable to continue to serve.

Council members unanimously agreed Monday night to fill the vacancy by appointment. Citizens who are interested in filling the position should submit a letter of interest and background information to Decorah City Hall. A map of the city's wards is posted on the home page of the city's website, For more information, call 563-382-3651.

Whoever is appointed will serve until the fall city election, when the Ward 1 representative will be elected to a four-year term.