Former City Mayor Lew Williams III and local business owner Spencer Strassburg have applied for a vacant Ketchikan City Council position.

The seat has been held by Julie Isom, who resigned because she is leaving town. The council has opted to appoint someone to fill the seat until this fall’s local election.

Williams was city mayor until this past October. Citing health reasons, he didn’t run for re-election. Before he was mayor, Williams served for a long time as a Ketchikan City Council member. In his application for the vacancy, he writes that he has 30 years of experience in city government.

Strassburg owns Southeast Fence Specialists and the Fox Hole – a downtown retail store. He has run several times for Ketchikan City Council, including in the most recent election. In a four-person race for two seats, Strassburg came in third, receiving about 430 votes.

In his application, Strassburg cites his business insights and his dedication to running for council.

The Ketchikan City Council will interview both candidates during a special meeting Thursday. Also during that meeting, the council will hear a presentation from the Southeast Alaska Power Agency.

Thursday’s special meeting starts at 7 p.m. in city council chambers at City Hall. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.