A.    Temporary Vacancy
   When the Mayor is temporarily absent from the Municipality or is temporarily unable for any reason to perform the duties of the office, the President of Council shall act as Mayor, with all of the duties, rights and powers of the Mayor during the period of his absence or inability to perform his duties.
   If the Mayor and President of Council are both temporarily absent or unable to perform their duties, the Vice President of Council shall act as Mayor.
   While the President or Vice President of Council shall become Acting Mayor, in accordance with the provisions of this section, he shall not cease to be a Councilman.
   B.   Permanent Vacancy
   In the event of the death, resignation, recall, or removal of the Mayor, the President of Council shall thereupon become Mayor and serve until a successor is elected and qualified.
   In the event the President of Council shall decline the office of Mayor, he or she shall remain as President of Council. The Council shall then appoint a member of Council to fill the vacancy. Such appointment shall be made by an affirmative vote of no less than five (5) members of Council.
   In the event President of Council or other Council member shall become Mayor in accordance with provisions of this section, his or her office as President of Council or Council member shall be declared vacant and shall be filled in accordance with Section 4.04 of this Charter.
   There shall be an election for the office of Mayor at the next succeeding general election to be held in November following the vacancy in said office and further provided said election shall occur more than ninety (90) days subsequent to the vacancy in said office. The Mayor newly elected pursuant to this provision shall assume office on January 1 following his or her election.
(Amended November 3, 1987)