CBJ passes ordinance regulating filling of Assembly, mayoral vacancies

    Following Monday night's regular Juneau assembly meeting, guidelines are in place governing the filling of assembly seats, including the position of mayor.

    Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 7:24pm by Lance David

    Following Monday night's regular Juneau assembly meeting, guidelines are in place governing the filling of assembly seats, including the position of mayor.

    After the unexpected and untimely death of Greg Fisk roughly two months into his term as mayor, the city's government faced a flurry of shuffled positions and new appointments, resulting in a special election that raised many an eyebrow over it's $30,000 price tag in a time of fiscal uncertainty.

    An ordinance passed at Monday's meeting amends Title 11 of the CBJ Code of Ordinances relating to the filling of vacancies on the assembly, passing on a vote of 7 to 2 with Mayor Ken Koelsch and Mary Becker voting against adoption.

    The approved ordinance provides that in the event of a mayoral vacancy, the deputy mayor would succeed to the mayoral office and would require the assembly to fill the vacancy left by the deputy mayor's succession by majority vote. Additionally, it provides that the interim mayor may return to his or her former position of deputy mayor once a new mayor is elected.

    The ordinance as originally written specified that a vacancy in the office of mayor ocurring more than eight months before the next regular election would result in a special election, but an amendment from Maria Gladisziewski added another requirement.

    According to Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl, "The amendment makes the ordinance read so that if there's more than one year left in the mayor's term and more than eight months to the regular election, there will automatically be a special election."

    The amendment to the ordinance passed almost unanimously, with Mayor Ken Koelsch being the sole dissenter.

    The ordinance as passed also removed a provision that allowed the assembly to call a special election to fill a vacancy besides that of mayor.

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