Melissa voters will get the chance to vote for a new city council member in May.

At the last city council meeting Mayor Pro Tem Tom Stevens officially resigned from Place 5. He will serve on the council until the first council meeting after the May election.

He said his resignation is due to moving outside the city limits and he wanted to get his seat on the May ballot so a solo special election did not have to be held.

“As I understand it from the Mayor since there are other positions open and there is an election in May we could basically get on that ballot for my seat,” Stevens said. “And then doing that, getting on a ballot with other things going on it’s at less cost to the city.”

Stevens served two years of his three year term. He was elected to Place 5 in May of 2015.

Anyone interested in running for Stevens empty seat should contact Melissa City Hall or the City Secretary Linda Bannister. The deadline to file is March 6th.

A special election for the seat will be held on May 6 in conjunction with the Melissa Schools Board of Trustee Election.

Early voting will be at Melissa City Hall and the Collin County Elections Office from April 24 — May 2nd. Voting on Election Day will be from 7 a.m. — 7 p.m.