Mayoral Succession Ordinance Passes First Reading in Dayton

Dayton's town council this week gave first-reading approval to an ordinance that will smooth the transition in event that the town mayor's post becomes vacant.

Action was taken during the council's meeting Monday night. Under the proposed new ordinance, a new mayor would be elected by the council from among existing members. The new mayor and council would then accept applicants for the council vacancy from among Dayton residents.

Current Mayor Norm Anderson said that, until this year, the town has never had a procedure in place to fill vacancies on either the town council or in the mayor's office. Late last year, the council started work on an ordinance to fill a council vacancy, and that ordinance was passed on third and final reading in January this year. The ordinance providing for the mayor's succession must be passed on two more readings in order to become law.

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