Medved leaving Duluth City Council

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Derek Medved, one of the few conservative voices on the Duluth City Council, is due to leave his at-large seat next month.

In a letter to the Council, he said, "With new business endeavors on the horizon, I do not feel I can both manage my business enterprise and provide the level of public service my constituents deserve."

His resignation is effective Feb. 14. Medved, who began serving a four-year term on the council in 2020, is the owner of a chain of convenience stores.

"It has been my honor to serve the citizens of the City of Duluth for the past two years," Medved said in the letter.

A resolution to be considered by the council at their Jan. 24 meeting would create a process for the council to fill the seat.

Applications would be accepted through the city website through 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. The council would conduct interviews on Feb. 24 and the top three candidates will advance to interviews at a Feb. 28 special council meeting, at which point the council will choose a new councilor.

If one of the three finalists does not get a majority of votes after three rounds of balloting at the Feb. 28 meeting, the candidate with the lowest number of votes in the third round would be dropped. If a majority cannot be achieved with the remaining two candidates in three rounds of balloting, the winner would be selected by coin toss.

The process will be formally approved at the Jan. 24 meeting.