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The office of a councilmember shall become vacant upon death, resignation, removal from office in any manner authorized by law or by forfeiture of that office, and such vacancy is to be declared, by resolution stating cause, by the remaining members of the council at a regular or special council meeting.
3.061 Forfeiture of office. If, during the term of office, the state commission on ethics finds that a councilmember has violated any provision of this charter or is found guilty by a judge or jury or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to any felony or a crime involving moral turpitude whether or not adjudication is withheld, such councilmember shall be deemed to have forfeited his office. Forfeiture of such office shall be affirmed and ratified by a resolution duly adopted by the other members of the city council.
3.062 Filling of vacancies. When a vacancy occurs on council as a result of death, resignation, illness, disability, written court order, forfeiture of office, or other lawful written order or action, such vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the procedures prescribed by ordinance by appointment of the majority of the remaining members within sixty (60) days. If the majority of the remaining members of the City Council fail to fill the vacancy through appointment within the sixty-day period, a special election to fill the vacancy shall be called and held in a manner coordinated by the City Clerk with the Supervisor of Elections and adopted by resolution of the City Council. All vacancy elections will run concurrent with the regularly scheduled city elections. Appointments will be to serve until the next general election cycle.
(Amendment adopted by electorate 11-8-22)
(1) Absence from four (4) consecutive regular meetings of the council, or a total of six (6) within a twelve (12) month period, shall vacate the seat of the member. The city clerk shall notify the council of the third and fourth consecutive absences or the sixth within a twelve (12) month period of any councilmember.
(2) Absences created by illness, mental or physical disability, written suspension by court order, or other lawful written order or action shall not be considered absences for purposes of this subsection. However, the existence of an illness or mental or physical disability must be established by written medical evidence setting forth in detail the nature and cause of the illness or mental or physical disability and the prognosis thereof.
3.064 Extraordinary vacancies.
(1) In the event that all members of the council are removed by death, disability, law, or forfeiture of office, the governor shall appoint an interim council that shall call a special election as provided in subsection 3.062.
(2) If at any time the membership of the council is reduced to less than a quorum, the remaining members may, by majority vote, appoint additional members pursuant to subsection 3.062.
(Ord. 92-28, passed 9-17-92) (Adopted by electorate 11-3-92) (Amendment adopted by electorate 11-6-12)