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(a) Unless otherwise provided by law, vacancies arising in appointive offices of the City shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor for the remainder of the unexpired term.
(b) A vacancy in the office of President of Council shall be filled in the same manner as provided in subsection (c) hereof. Vacancies in the office of Mayor shall be filled in the manner provided in Section 131.11. Vacancies in the membership of Council shall be filled in the manner provided in Section 121.03.
(c) In case of the death, resignation, removal or disability of the Director of Law, Auditor or Treasurer and such vacancy occurs more than forty days before the next general election for such office, a successor shall be elected at such election for the unexpired term unless such term expires within one year immediately following the date of such general election. In either event, the vacancy shall be filled as provided in this section and the appointee shall hold his office until a successor is elected and qualified.
(1) The county central committee of the political party with which the last occupant of the office was affiliated, acting through its members who reside in the City, shall appoint a person to hold the office and to perform the duties thereof until a successor is elected and has qualified, except that if such vacancy occurs because of the death, resignation or inability to take the office of an officer-elect whose term has not yet begun, an appointment to take such office at the beginning of the term shall be made by the members of the central committee who reside in the City.
(2) No less than five nor more than forty-five days after a vacancy occurs, the county central committee, acting through its members who reside in the City, shall meet for the purpose of making an appointment. Not less than four days before the date of the meeting the chairman or secretary of the central committee shall send by first class mail to every member of such central committee who resides in the City a written notice which shall state the time and place of such meeting and the purpose thereof. A majority of the members of the central committee present at such meeting may make the appointment.
(d) If the last occupant of the office or the officer-elect, as provided in subsection (c) hereof was elected as an independent candidate, the Mayor shall make the appointment at the time the vacancy occurs.
(e) Appointments made under this section shall be certified by the appointing county central committee or by the Mayor to the County Board of Elections and to the Secretary of State. The persons so appointed and certified shall be entitled to all remuneration provided by law for the offices to which they are appointed.
(f) The Mayor may appoint a person to hold the office of Director of Law, Auditor or Treasurer as an acting officer and to perform the duties thereof between the occurrence of the vacancy and the time when the person appointed by the central committee qualifies and takes the office. (ORC 733.31)