Missing has been the booming voice of a town crier calling for order in city council chambers, but not for long if officials can find a resident with golden pipes.
Residents with a sense of humor, a flexible schedule, a talent for bell ringing and, most importantly, the ability to shout loudly, but clearly are invited to try out for the still vacant volunteer town crier position. The post has remained unfilled since William North-Rudin, the former crier, resigned a year ago before moving away.
City officials are hosting an information session for interested residents at Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St., at 7 p.m., September 1. Tryouts, which include a cry off, will be held at the same location and time on September 7.
A judging panel, including city council members, will review the applicants before making a final selection. Officials hope to have a new town crier installed by the start of the citys legislative session on September 13.
Applicants are asked to RSVP with the office of historic Alexandria.