The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has given the city of Moorpark permission to hold a special election March 5 to fill a seat on the City Council.
The seat was left vacant when former Councilman Paul Lawrason was elected mayor in the Nov. 6 election. Lawrason had two years remaining on his council term.
The council voted recently not to appoint an interim member to fill the fifth seat, saying it was better left to the voters.
The city is required to pay the cost of the special election, said Jane McCarthy, special elections coordinator for the county. City officials estimate the cost at about $15,000.