The Mayor and each member of the City Council shall be a registered voter and a resident citizen of the City of Freeport for at least twelve (12) consecutive months and, in the case of members of City Council other than the Mayor, a resident of the Ward sought to be represented for at least six (6) consecutive months, immediately preceding his or her application to have his or her name placed on the official ballot and the filing of proof of his or her qualifications as required by law. Provided, however, such residence within any territory annexed to the City of Freeport immediately preceding such annexation shall be counted as residence within the City. If any such officer shall fail to maintain the foregoing residence qualifications during his or her term of office or shall be absent from three (3) consecutive regularly scheduled meetings of the City Council without a valid written excuse filed with the Mayor or Mayor Pro Temp or sent to either of them by e-mail or text message before the missed meeting and approved by the City Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting, or fail to attend at least eighty percent (80%) of the regularly scheduled meetings of the City Council during any fiscal year, without a valid excuse approved by the City Council, the City Council must at its next regularly scheduled meeting declare a vacancy to exist in the office held by such officer and shall fill such vacancy as set forth in Section 3.06 of this Charter.
(Amendment adopted by electorate 5-2-92; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-7-94; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-4-02; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-8-10; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-12-12; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-16-16; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-15-18)