Governor Could Decide Who Would Fill Vacant Council Seat
Mount Zion’s vacant post-one city council seat could be filled by an appointment from Governor Nathan Deal--- if the rest of city council and mayor cannot agree on a selection soon.
City attorney David Mecklin said Tuesday that he has prepared a letter notifying the governor’s office that the post does remain vacant and requesting details for the process that would result in a governor’s appointment. Mecklin says he has yet to hear back from the governor’s office.
On Tuesday, mayor Randy Sims nominated one-time mayor and recent councilman Donald Newman for the position but that vote ended in a 2-all tie, thus the motion died.
Mecklin says the city could still fill the vacancy themselves, if they do so before the governor.
Mecklin says the Mt. Zion cannot hold a special election to fill the vacant post because a special election would require a vote from legislators and a request was not brought to them in time for the 2013 session.