At its Aug. 18 meeting, the aldermen will sort out options for Nold’s replacement as a representative of District 4.
With the appointment of Dave Nold as the city’s next mayor by the Oconomowoc Common Council last week, there is a vacancy on the Council that needs to be filled.Nold represented District 4 so the district is down a representative and the Council is down to seven members.
There has been no word out of City Hall as to how the seat will be filled, but there is a strong possibility a discussion of the options available to it will take place at the next Council meeting on August 18. There will be no Council meeting next week because not enough of the aldermen will be available for a quorum.
Here is a rundown of the options:
The Council may leave the seat vacant until the next General Election in April 2016.
If the Council agrees, new Mayor Dave Nold may appoint a replacement.
The Council may appoint someone to fill the seat.
The Council may call for a special election to fill the seat.
Complicating the process is the fact that Nold was just re-elected to a full two-year term last April, which means his unexpired term of office, as an alderman, runs to April 2017.
In the past–although there is no written formal policy covering this–the Council has tended to hold special elections to fill vacancies when there is a year or more of an unexpired term left. If the unexpired term is less than a year, it has decided to go with an appointment to fill the remainder of the term.
Who makes the appointment, however, is not clear. The Council could make the appointment, as it did when Nold was named to replace former Mayor Jim Daley, or it could delegate the responsibility to Nold. If it did that, Nold would be appointing his own replacement, leaving the voters of District 4 out of the process, but it would save the city the cost of a special election.
If the Council decides to hold a special election, the earliest it could do so might be October or November of this year. That would give the city time to announce that an election was being held, the candidates time to file their papers, and a month for campaigning.