Kenner businessman Brian Brennan expected to fill soon-to-be-vacant City Council seat _lowres

Keith Conley stepped down from his Kenner City Council seat earlier this year to become the chief operating officer of Jefferson Parish's government. The race to replace him is heating up, as a three-day qualifying period for the Nov. 8 election opens July 20.

The Kenner City Council is set to vote Thursday on whether to appoint local businessman Brian Brennan as a temporary replacement for Councilman Keith Conley, who is stepping down from his at-large seat next month to serve as the No. 2 official in new Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni’s administration.

Brennan, 56, is well-known among municipal officials in Kenner. He was recently appointed to a committee created to recommend changes in the city’s charter, and he served on a transition team after Yenni was elected mayor in 2010.

“Brian has volunteered in almost every capacity I can think of to assist in city government affairs,” said Kenner Councilman Dominick Impastato, who appointed Brennan to the charter revision committee.

In 2010, Brennan ran for one of the Kenner council’s district seats but lost to Kent Denapolis.

During his run for the council, Brennan said he hoped to use his background in marketing and finance to promote Kenner and help court new businesses that would increase the city’s tax base.

He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Conley is leaving his seat to become the top aide to Yenni, who was elected in October to succeed outgoing Parish President John Young. Yenni will be sworn in Jan. 6.

Separately, on Thursday, the Kenner City Council will consider a plan for Impastato and Councilman Mike Sigur to each serve stints as interim mayor until a new permanent mayor is elected late next year.

By law, Kenner’s City Council president will temporarily act as mayor after Yenni resigns. The measures on the table Thursday call for Sigur to serve as president from January through June, with Impastato as vice president.

Impastato would then become council president and acting mayor in July.