SECTION 3.12  VACANCIES.
   Whenever the office of a Council member shall become vacant during his/her term, the vacancy shall be filled by temporary appointment as provided in this section until a successor is elected in accordance with Article IX of the Charter.  The successor/ member-elect shall take office on the first day in January next following the election and serve the unexpired portion of the term.  If the term expires on December 31 of the year of election, then the election shall be for a full term.
   The temporary appointee shall be chosen by a majority vote of the remaining members of council, except that if a choice by vote of Council not be made within thirty (30) days of the vacancy occurring, the Mayor shall choose the temporary appointee.
   Whenever the office of Mayor shall become vacant during his/her term, the Vice-Mayor shall be acting Mayor until a successor is elected in accordance with article IX of the Charter.  The Mayor elect shall take office on the first day in January next following the election and serve the unexpired portion of the term.  If the term expires on December 31 of the year of election, then the election shall be for a full term.
(Amended 5-7-19)