Residents have until 5 p.m. Monday, July 8, to apply for the seat.
The City Council decided on June 19 to appoint Mr. Carlson's replacement if three of the four remaining members can agree on a single candidate. Council members will interview applicants on Thursday, July 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m. If they fail to appoint one to the seat that night, they will vote on whether to call for an election in November.
If the council appoints an applicant, that person would be sworn into office at the July 17 council meeting and would serve out Mr. Carlson's term, which ends in December 2014.
Mr. Conlon has served on the town's Audit and Finance committees, now combined as one committee, for the last two years. He now serves as chairman. He also has been a member of the Rail Committee for five years.
His resume includes six years on the California Public Utilities Commission, with two years as president, and more than two years on the state's Transportation Commission.
Mr. Conlon, a regular attendee of council meetings, was one of four candidates for two seats on the council last year. He came in third place, behind now-Mayor Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest.
Mr. Carlson was appointed to the council in January 2006, and successfully stood for election later that year. He was re-elected in 2010. He and his wife, Shirley, who also is involved in volunteer work for the town, plan to move from Atherton.
Residents interested in applying for the council seat should contact City Clerk Theresa DellaSanta at 752-0529 or email@example.com.
Go to tinyurl.com/apply-628 to download an application form (PDF).