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The North Adams City Council will vote June 1 to choose a new member to fill the seat of Paul Hopkins.

NORTH ADAMS — The North Adams City Council will accept applications to fill the seat of former Councilor Paul Hopkins. 

The council accepted Hopkins' resignation at the meeting Tuesday and set a timeline for replacing him.

Applicants can express interest by submitting a letter to City Clerk Cathleen King by noon Friday at city clerk@northadams-ma.gov. Applications also can be dropped off in the secure drop boxes installed at each entrance to City Hall.

Candidates will then give five-minute presentations to the council during a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. June 1. Councilors then will vote on a new councilor.

The council will be voting to fill the seat months ahead of the next election. All five councilors present voted unanimously to approve the process.

Councilor Lisa Blackmer had suggested the expedited process, pointing out that holding a special council meeting, rather than waiting for the next planned meeting, could allow the newly chosen member to join the budget process in its most crucial weeks.

Jason LaForest, formerly the council's vice president, assumed the role of president Tuesday. The council agreed to elect a vice president by vote at the next regular meeting.

Francesca Paris can be reached at fparis@berkshireeagle.com and 510-207-2535.