Voting and Appointment of a New Councilmember
The Mayor shall ask for nominations from the councilmembers for the purpose of creating a group of finalists to consider. No second is needed. Nominations are closed by a motion, second, and majority vote of the council. Councilmembers may deliberate on such matters as criteria for selection and the nominated group of candidates.
The Mayor shall poll councilmembers to ascertain that councilmembers are prepared to vote. The City Clerk shall pass out polling slips and instruct each councilmember to write their name on the top of the slip, and the name of their preferred candidate on the bottom. The City Clerk will then collect all slips and read the results into the record. If no applicant receives four or more votes, then a second written poll is conducted, but with the nominee(s) who received the fewest votes on the first vote removed from consideration. Voting will continue until a nominee receives a majority vote of the Council.
The Mayor shall declare the nominee receiving the majority vote as the new councilmember and he or she shall be sworn into office by the City Clerk at the earliest opportunity or no later than the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting.