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Municipal Code

Chapter 2. General Government

Sec. 2-06. Vacancies.

(1) How occurring. Vacancies in elective and appointive positions are caused as provided in §§ 17.03 and 17.035 Wis. Stats.

(2) How filled. Vacancies in elective and appointive offices shall be filled as provided in § 17.23 Wis. Stats.

(3)  Procedure for Filling Vacancies.  The following procedures shall apply to fill vacancies in elective offices except the City Clerk and the City Assessor: 

(a) The City Clerk shall advertise the vacancy by (i) publication of a notice in the local newspaper for the City of Marshfield once a week for two (2) weeks and (ii) simultaneously posting a notice on the City's website for a continuous period of not less than fourteen (14) calendar days. The notice shall contain the qualification requirements for the elective office including, but not limited to, a statement that the applicant must be eighteen (18) years of age or older, a qualified elector of the City and any additional specific qualifications for the elected office. In addition, the notice shall set forth a date and time (deadline) for submitting applications and an address to which the applications must be sent.

(b) Applicants shall submit a statement or letter of interest together with a resume not later than the deadline set forth by the City Clerk in the published notice.

(c) The City Clerk shall notify all applicants of the date, time and location of the Common Council meeting at which all applicants shall appear before the Common Council to give an oral presentation and to answer questions.  The notice shall be given not less than five (5) days before the date of the Common Council meeting.

(d) At the next succeeding Common Council meeting, alderpersons may ask questions of candidates for the elective position.  The Common Council shall then vote by written ballot.  If there are less than three (3) candidates for the elective office, the candidate with the most votes on the first ballot shall be deemed elected to the position.  If there are three (3) or more candidates for the elective office on the first ballot, the Common Council shall vote on the entire group of candidates and the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be considered for election to the elective office.  Then, the Common Council shall vote a second time as to the two (2) remaining candidates and the candidate securing the most votes shall be deemed elected to the elective office.



(Code 1982, 1.06; Ord. No. 1138, 1, 3-24-2009)