Setting it straight

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 09:20 AM.

Dear Editor,

In my letter to the editor in the Dec. 19 issue of The Star, I made statements that should be corrected.

I stated that the rush by the Mexico Beach city council to appoint someone to the suddenly vacant city council seat:

“...eliminates the residents from having any say in the selection of an ‘elected’ official who will be making decisions for the town for almost the entire two-year term...”

“...leaving almost all of his two-year term – 15 months, to be exact - to be filled not by the voters in Mexico Beach, but by only four people...”

My interpretation of the city charter regarding city council vacancies was not the same as the official interpretation, so the error regarding the length of the temporary term was mine.

 The city charter states: “Section 2.96 Vacancies; Forfeiture of Office. (A) Vacancies. A vacancy in the Council shall occur upon the death, resignation or removal from office as authorized by law. When such vacancy occurs, the remaining Council members shall select, within (30) thirty days following the vacancy, by the affirmative vote of not less than (3) three of the remaining members, a person to fill the vacancy until the next regular election. At this election the seat shall be filled as provided herein for elections for the balance, if any, of the unexpired term.”

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