The 2019-2020 Junior Councilperson is Michael Taffe, a senior at North Allegheny High School.
To encourage McCandless youth to become involved in local government, the Town of McCandless Town Council has instituted a “Junior Councilperson Program.” This program will help students better understand local government and how it works by actually participating in discussions at Town Council meetings. A Junior Councilperson will be able to add a student perspective to the decision making process of his or her local government governing body. Candidates will be selected in cooperation with school districts that serve McCandless residents, primarily the North Allegheny School District.
Candidates will be sought through these school districts through a process determined by school principals or a designee, which will include a posting of the position seeking interested candidates. The Town will advertise for interested candidates on its website. Candidates shall submit an “Application for Appointment” form available by clicking here along with to the Town an essay of up to 300 words on why they want to serve as a Junior Councilmember. Town Council will review each candidate’s qualifications, conduct interviews and make selections based on candidate qualifications.
The following are the preferred requirements for the Junior Councilperson position:
- Town of McCandless resident.
- Incoming high school juniors or seniors.
- Candidates must take a pledge of office.
- Serve a term coinciding largely with the school year (September/October through June)
- Attend Town Council meetings. Attend Council’s Agenda Review Meeting at a minimum, but may also attend other Town Council meetings.
- The Junior Councilperson will not be allowed to vote.
- The Junior Councilperson will not be allowed to attend “executive sessions.”
The Junior Councilperson will participate in all forms of Council business. He/she will be encouraged to participate in discussions, ask questions and give opinions, recognizing that Councilmembers speak first.He/she must observe all council meeting rules. Town Council will appoint a mentor or co-mentors to guide the Junior Councilmember. The Junior Councilperson will sit at Council’s table in Council Chambers for the requisite monthly Agenda Review Meeting and Committee Meetings and he/she will sit where designated by Town Council during its business meeting. The Junior Councilperson will submit a monthly report by the Tuesday before every third Thursday for Agenda Review Meetings. The Junior Councilperson’s report will appear as an item on the Agenda Review Agenda under liaison reports. The Junior Councilperson will be encouraged to write an article for the Town Crier.