Jim McIntosh no longer wants to fill an at-large vacancy on the Decorah City Council.

McIntosh had expressed interest in the opening created when Rachel Vagts announced she would be resigning her position because she is moving to take a new job in Kentucky. Monday night was her last meeting, and there are two years remaining on her unexpired four-year term.

During Monday's Council meeting, Mayor Don Arendt read McIntosh's letter withdrawing his name from consideration.

"I would also like to thank you and the Council as well as the people of the city of Decorah for the opportunity to participate in the process as it has unfolded to this point.

"I wish you all well as you grapple with the difficult times that lie ahead. I am confident that you will all continue to represent the people of Decorah with the highest integrity and care."

Tade Kerndt and Jarrad Walter have both expressed their interest in filling the at-large vacancy. Walter was appointed to fill a vacancy in Ward 1 this year, but was defeated by Randy Schissel in the fall election.

Decorah residents who would like to serve as the at-large representative have until Thursday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m. to submit their letters of interest in the position to Decorah City Hall. A notice of the at-large vacancy is published in the legal section of today's paper. The Council will make an appointment to fill the vacancy at its Monday, Jan. 6, meeting.

Citizens have 14 days after publication of a notice of vacancy or 14 days after the Council makes an appointment to petition for a special election, which costs about $3,000 to hold, according to City Manager Chad Bird.