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Reviewed Date: June 14, 2017

Original Author: 
Darden, Ron
Date Created: 
Apr 6, 2004


Subjects:
Mayor
Elections

Vacancies in Office

Summary: 
MTAS was asked what election procedures should be followed should the mayor resign prior to the upcoming November election.

Knowledgebase-Vacancies in Office

April 6, 2004

Ms. Betty Cotton, City Recorder
City of Caryville
P.O. Box 308
Caryville, Tennessee 37714

Re: Vacancies in Office

Dear Ms. Cotton

You have asked MTAS what election procedures should be followed should the mayor resign prior to the upcoming November election? The City of Caryville operates under the Mayor-Aldermanic Charter.

Should the mayor resign prior to the election, the vice-mayor automatically assumes the office of mayor. The effect of his becoming mayor vacates his former office as alderman. Under these circumstances Caryville would need to hold an election for both the office of alderman and mayor in November. Under your charter, the board could appoint an alderman to serve until the November election.

Please call me if you need further assistance or have questions.

Sincerely

Ron Darden
Municipal Management Consultant

CC. Legal Consultant Melissa Ashburn
Senior Legal Consultant Sid Hemsley


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