The South Lake Tahoe City Council will interview and possibly appoint someone to fill former Mayor Claire Fortier's seat Jan. 29, rather than Feb. 5 as initially expected.
The appointment schedule was moved up to ensure council members could send the decision to voters in time for a June ballot if the council is unable to reach consensus on an appointee.
If the council sends a decision on the seat to voters after a Feb. 12 deadline, it would be end up the November ballot rather than the June one, according to City Attorney Patrick Enright.
Former City Councilwoman Kathay Lovell, November council candidate Austin Sass and Lake Tahoe Community College instructor Scott Valentine have requested applications for the appointment, according to City Clerk Susan Alessi.
Fortier vacated the seat last month to join her spouse, who had accepted a job with Microsoft in Washington state.