No policy regarding vacancies just yet, but aldermen push for a special election to fill Nold’s vacant aldermanic post

Options for handling a mayoral vacancy discussed, but no agreement reached   Look for a special election this fall to fill the unexpired term of former District 4 alderman Dave Nold, now the city’s mayor. The date for the election may be set next week at the Aug. 18 common council meeting. Although no vote last night  on a proposed policy and practice statement on how to handle future vacancies, there appeared to be a consensus that the council wanted the special election as soon as possible. Thursday night the aldermen were asked to first establish a policy and practice statement that would govern its actions when there was a vacancy on the council or in the mayor’s office. Having such a formal policy had been a request of several aldermen, but after about 40 minutes of give and take between the aldermen, along with some legal opinions offered by City Attorney Bill Chapman, the aldermen decided to table the matter until a future date. Instead, they decided there was a pressing need for District 4 to be fully represented as soon as possible. They did not want to wait for a policy and practice statement that when presented for review Thursday night produced mostly friendly disagreements among the aldermen. Instead, they agreed that the old unofficial procedure, which called for a special election if an alderman resigned his or her post within the first year of the their two-year term, was something they could live with now. Nold had to resign from the council on July 21 after being appointed by appointed by the council to serve remainder of former Mayor Jim...