Elk Grove City Council Has Big Decision to Make
Written By EGN on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 10:50
Now that Elk Grove Council Member Gary Davis has won the Elk Grove mayoral race, what will happen to his vacated seat?
According to Elk Grove City Clerk Jason Lindgren, it is expected that once the county has certified election results, Mayor-elect Davis is expected to be sworn-in at the city council's Dec. 12 regular meeting.
Lindgren said that he is preparing a report for the Dec. 12 meeting advising the council how they can proceed to fill the vacancy. The procedure is covered by the state's Government Code Section 36512.
Politically, Davis supporter and State Assembly Member Roger Dickinson promoted Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Nancy Chaires as the person best suited to fill the vacancy at Davis' August campaign kick off event. "She is waiting to be in the full spotlight of the city council," Dickinson said at the time.
Politically, filling this vacancy can be tricky for all the city council members. If Chaires is indeed nominated for the vacancy, will it be done on a unanimous basis or will the four council members split their votes? Will Republicans Steve Detrick and Pat Hume agree to appoint a Democrat in a city that has decidedly turned blue?
What happens if the four council members are deadlocked on who to appoint? Will they be compelled to hold a special election that has been estimated to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars?
This process could be perilous for all the council members or alternatively expensive for taxpayers.
Posted by EGN at 10:50