Rockwell explores vacancy options

With the recent resignation of council member Adam Wedmore, the council examined their options for filling the now vacant seat during their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 21.

The city has two options for filling the vacancy. The first is to appoint a member of the community to carry out the remainder of Wedmore’s term. The second would be to hold a special election, taking the matter directly to the voters. “I think it makes sense financially to appoint the person,” said Mayor Mike Flatness, noting that the city would be responsible for the cost of holding a special election.

While appointing would be less expensive, some council members expressed concern about the length of the term to be filled. Council member Larry Wentz expressed discomfort over the idea of placing somebody on the council for three years without approval of the voters.

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