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A. Absence: When the Mayor is absent from the Municipality, or for any reason is unable to perform his duties as Mayor, the President of Council shall become the acting Mayor, and while so acting shall have and exercise all powers of the Mayor, but he shall not thereby cease to be the President of Council. In the event the President of Council is absent from the Municipality, or for any reason is unable to perform his duties as acting Mayor, the Vice President of Council shall become the acting Mayor, and while so acting shall have all the powers and duties of the Mayor, but he shall not thereby cease to be Vice President of Council.
B. Vacancy: If the office of Mayor becomes vacant, the President of Council shall forthwith become the Mayor for the unexpired term and the Vice President shall become the President of Council. Thereupon, the vacancy in Council shall be filled in the manner provided in Section 4.14 of Article IV, and then a new President of Council and Vice President of Council shall be chosen by Council in the manner provided in Section 4.05 of Article IV. If the President of Council declines to serve as Mayor, he shall not thereby cease to be President of Council or a member thereof, and Council shall then appoint, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of its members elected or appointed to Council, one (1) of its members as Mayor for the unexpired term which member shall qualify in accordance with Section 3.01 of this Article. In the event that the Mayor-elect fails to take office on the date set for the commencement of his term by reason of death, resignation, failure to qualify or for any other reason whatsoever, there shall be deemed a vacancy in said office as of the date set for the commencement of the term for which the Mayor- elect was elected, and the President of the newly elected and organized Council as provided in Sections 4.04 and 4.05of this Charter shall become the Mayor for that term as provided above. A successor shall be elected for the unexpired term at the next regular municipal election if (a) such election shall occur more than two (2) years prior to the expiration of the unexpired term; and (b) the vacancy shall have occurred more than one hundred twenty (120) days prior to such election.
(Approved by voters November 6, 1990.)