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Sedona City Councilor Hudson resigns, Council accepting applications

Article submitted by the city of Sedona.

Sedona AZ – Due to the resignation of Councilor Janice Hudson effective March 21, 2020, the Sedona City Council is accepting applications to fill a vacant Council seat. The term for this vacancy will end November/December 2022, when the newly elected Councilors are seated following the Fall 2022 election cycle.

Applications for this vacancy will be accepted beginning immediately.

Qualifications for seeking appointment to City Council are:

  • Must be a *qualified elector.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be able to speak, write and read the English language.
  • Must reside within the Sedona city limits for one year preceding the appointment.
  • A person convicted of a felony cannot serve as a Council member until his/her civil rights have been restored.
  • A person adjudicated as an “incapacitated person” cannot serve as a Council member.

*Note: a qualified elector must possess all of the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be a registered voter.
  • Be 18 years of age or more on or before the regular general election next following his/her registration.
  • Have the ability to write one’s name or make his/her mark unless prevented by physical disability.

Since city offices are open only via email and phone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applications are available online at www.sedonaaz.gov/citycouncil. If you do not have online access, please contact City Clerk Susan Irvine at sirvine@sedonaaz.gov to schedule an appointment to obtain a packet.

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, April 13, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Completed applications can be emailed to sirvine@sedonaaz.gov or mailed to Susan Irvine, City of Sedona, 102 Roadrunner Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336-3710.

Applications received after the deadline will not be included in the Council’s selection process.

For additional information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (928) 282-3113 or email sirvine@sedonaaz.gov.



  1. Jeanne says:

    Searched her on this site because couldn’t remember her and guess you could say Sedona got what they voted for after all if you use this letter as a reference. Wish I’d read it before I voted but I’ll remember before voting next time about the others.


  2. How much do you want to bet? says:

    How much do you want to bet that Hudson’s replacement will be a chamber sponsored candidate. Probably a chamber or “sustainability” group member, that will go along with the current tourists come first program. We can manage bumper to bumper traffic after all.

  3. I'll take that bet says:

    Of course Hudson’s replacement will be a chamber sponsored person or someone else who is tight with the current city management. The current crop of city council candidates up for election don’t even bother to tell us their positions on the shameful overfunding of the chamber and underperforming of city services.

    The pandemic is a mess and is taking a terrible toll on so many, but it has been bliss not to have to fight traffic or cope with the noise and trash from Sedona’s over-tourism.

  4. Phyllis, Sedona says:

    Several of us wondered where to find the list of people asking to be considered for this position? Monday is the last day and we’ve been wanting to see if we support the people applying.

  5. @Phyllis, Sedona says:

    Those who have applied : Stephen McGarry and former Councilmen Jon Thompson and Tom Lamkin.

  6. Tony, NO MORE TAX DEBT says:

    Who’s McGarry? What’s his platform & why is he wanting to get on the council? Who does he support for mayor in the next election? My opinion on the councilors is that the other two Lamkin & Thompson led us down this high tax & spend path and helped give money to nonprofits that didn’t need it to appease the people with clout that the chamber was getting too much. Everybody at city hall believes they’ll “hunker in place” with their steady flow of payroll checks & their undeserved cash payments from the government & count it as a staycay. SO NO TAX. NOW. WAIVE IT UNTIL THE JUNE FISCAL YEAR END. LIVE WITHIN THAT BUDGET @CITY HALL. IF TOURISTS PAY THE MOST TAX & THEY AREN’T COMING, THEN STOP GOUDGING THE RESIDENTS AND LIVE WITHIN A LOCAL TAX REVENUE BUDGET. NO TAX. NO TAX. NO TAX. (caps for reason) Stop funneling money to nonprofits and chamber of commerce and TURN OFF THE TAX TAP. No more tax revenue for the city until end June. NO MORE DEBT SERVICE FOR THE RESIDENTS TO REPAY WHEN THE TOURISTS GO AWAY LIKE TODAY.

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