5.04  VACANCY, TEMPORARY ABSENCE OR DISABILITY.
   (A)   In case of the Mayor's death, resignation, removal or a vacancy in the office of the Mayor, the President of Council shall succeed to the office and powers of the Mayor.
   If the vacancy occurs on or after July 1 of the second year of the Mayor's term, the President shall serve for the remainder of that unexpired term. If the vacancy occurs on or before June 30 of the second year of the Mayor's term, the President shall serve until a successor is elected at the next November election. The person so elected in November shall take office on January 1 following such election and serve the remainder of the original Mayor's term.
   (B)   If the Mayor is temporarily absent from the Municipality or is temporarily unable to perform the duties of Mayor, the President of Council shall become the Acting Mayor and shall, during the period of absence or disability, perform all the powers, duties and functions of the Mayor. The Acting Mayor shall continue in their capacity as President of Council and as a voting member of the Council during the period of the Mayor's temporary absence or disability.
   (C)   In the event of the temporary absence of both the Mayor and President of Council, the most senior Council member, based on the length of continuous elected service as a Council member with the Municipality, shall serve as the Acting Mayor to exercise the powers and perform the duties of the Mayor. If two or more Council members have held the same length of continuous elected service as a Council member with the Municipality, then an Acting Mayor shall be chosen from among those two or more Council members by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Council present at the Council meeting for the vote on selecting the Acting Mayor. The Council members present at the Council meeting to vote on the Acting Mayor among two or more Council members must vote and no candidate for acting Mayor may abstain from such a vote.