Whenever the office of a Councilman shall become vacant for any reason, the vacancy shall be filled by a majority vote of all the remaining members of Council. If the Council shall not so fill such vacancy within thirty (30) days after it has occurred, the power of Council to do so shall lapse and the Mayor shall make an appointment to fill such vacancy. Such appointee shall hold office for the unexpired term of the member in whose office the vacancy has occurred, or until the beginning of the term of a successor duly elected for the unexpired term at the next regular Municipal election if (a) such election shall occur two (2) years or more prior to the expiration of the unexpired term, and (b) the vacancy shall have occurred more than ninety (90) days prior to such election.
   Any vacancy in the office of the President of Council, whether occurring by death, disqualification, recall, removal, resignation or by succession to the office of Mayor, shall be filled by a Councilman elected by the majority of the remaining members of Council.  The successor shall hold office for the balance of the unexpired term.  If the vacancy be not so filled by the Council within thirty (30) days from the date such vacancy occurs, the power of Council to do so shall lapse, and the Mayor shall appoint one of the remaining Councilman to fill this vacancy.
   Applicants applying for Council vacancies must submit a letter of qualifications together with petitions signed by 25 electors of the ward in which the vacancy occurred. A person applying for Council-at-large vacancy must submit a letter of qualification together with a petition signed by 25 electors from the City at large.
(Amended November 5, 1985)