Whenever the office of a Council Member shall become vacant for any reason, the vacancy shall be filled within thirty (30) days by a majority vote of the remaining members of Council.  If the vacancy shall not be so filled within thirty (30) days, the Mayor shall fill it by appointment.  A member of Council appointed to fill a vacancy shall hold office for the balance of the unexpired term or until a successor shall be elected and shall qualify for the unexpired term as hereinafter provided.
   A successor shall be elected for the unexpired term to fill any such vacancy at the next regular municipal election provided such election shall occur more than two (2) years prior to the expiration of the unexpired term, and if the vacancy shall have occurred more than thirty (30) days prior to the filing date for that election. Any vacancy in the office of Vice-Mayor shall be filled by a Councilman elected by a majority of the members of Council.  The term of the member of Council elected for the unexpired term shall begin on the first day of January next following his or her election.
(Amended 11-2-71; 11-6-07; 11-6-12)