As filing opens this week for individuals who want their names placed on the ballot for the April 6 municipal election, the city clerk has issued guidelines relating to filing procedures.

The guidelines were presented as part of the alderman packets for the board meeting Dec. 5.

Seven city of Pacific seats will be on the ballot, including one in each of the three city wards, the mayor, marshal/police chief, collector and municipal judge.

The city clerk, who accepts filings for the ballot, does not determine who is eligible for the seat and whose name will be placed on the ballot, the guidelines state.

When people file for office they sign documents stating they meet all the requirements of the office, which makes it the candidate’s responsibility to make sure he or she can be certified.

Anyone who files will be placed on the ballot unless the clerk receives a court order to remove the individual. The removal process is based on someone filing a complaint that a candidate is not eligible.

Anyone who believes that a candidate has not paid his or her taxes — a requirement to be eligible to serve — can file a complaint with the Department of Revenue (DOR) and that office will investigate.

Anyone who feels that a candidate’s residency is in question can contact the Missouri Ethics Commission. The ethics commission will investigate.

If the election officer (city clerk) receives notification from the commission to remove a candidate then they would be removed.

Under state statute, an individual who has been found guilty or pled guilty to a felony under U.S or Missouri law, cannot be a candidate for public office.

Filing opens Dec. 12 and closes Jan. 16.