Jonesboro nominating committee to discuss empty alderman position

Jonesboro nominating committee to discuss empty alderman position

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro City Council's Nominating and Rules Committee will meet next week to discuss the vacancy left by the resignation of Alderman Tim McCall.

McCall, the senior alderman, announced at last Tuesday's council meeting that he is moving out of Ward 6.

He has held position 1 in Ward 6 since 1997. His present 4-year term would expire December 31, 2018.

When there is a vacancy for an alderman whose unexpired term is more than one year, state law allows cities with a population of 20,000 or more to either fill the vacancy by a majority vote of the remaining alderman or to call a special election.

However, the Jonesboro City Council passed a resolution in 2014 specifying that the council can fill the vacancy in some cases, but that if more than two years remain on the term, a special election should be called.

A provision in the resolution adds the option of a vote though.

"If there is a reason that would make it impractical to hold a special election, a two-thirds vote of the sitting aldermen can determine that the position be filled by a vote of the aldermen, no matter the length left in the vacant term," the provision states.

After consulting with City Attorney Carol Duncan, Mayor Harold Perrin said he decided to refer the issue to the Nominating and Rules Committee.

The city council's next meeting is Feb. 2.

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