Appointment Sole Item on EGCC's First Meeting Agenda for 2013
Written By EGN on Saturday, January 5, 2013 | 12:38
The vacancy was created when Gary Davis was elected mayor and vacated his District 4 council seat upon taking his Dec 12. mayoral oath.
To fill the vacancy the council can either make an appointment for the remaining two years on the seat's term or hold a special election. At their Dec. 12 meeting council members and Davis initially decided to seek an appointment.
Although the council decided to seek an appointment, there was pointed disagreement between council members Jim Cooper and Pat Hume. Cooper strongly urged the appointment process as cost savings measure while Hume argued that the voice of the people should be heard and a special election should be held.
Even though the council could appoint a replacement as early as Wednesday night from the six qualified candidates, there could be significant political obstacles for any one person to be appointed by a majority of the current four members.
If the city council cannot reach an agreement by Jan. 23, by statute a special election must be called to fill the vacancy.
The city council meeting starts at 6 p.m Wednesday. A candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women's voters will be held at the Elk Grove City Hall at 6 p.m. tonight.
Posted by EGN at 12:38