Ordinance No. 10-21

Introduced: October 28, 2010
Public Hearing:
Status: Tabled

An ordinance to replace Section 5-3 of the code of the Township of Vernon regarding term of mayor and deputy mayor

BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon as follows:

Section 1. The Code of the Township of Vernon is amended to replace Section 5-3 as follows:

§ 5-3. Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor; term.

  1. At the initial organization meeting, and at the next organization meeting after the Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s terms expire, the members of the Council shall assemble at the usual place of meeting and organize and elect one of their members as Mayor and one as Deputy Mayor. In the event the Mayor or Deputy Mayor leaves office prior to the completion of their term, the Council shall select a replacement at the next Council meeting after the vacancy to complete the unexpired term. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor shall each serve a one year term. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor shall be chosen by written ballot by majority vote of all members of the Council. The ballots shall be retained and secured by the Clerk.
  2. If the members shall be unable, within five ballots to be taken within two days of the organization meeting, to elect a Mayor, then the member who in the two preceding elections for members of the Council received the greatest number of votes shall be the Mayor. Should such person decline to accept the office, then the member receiving the next highest vote shall be the Mayor, and so on, until the office is filled.

Section 2. Severability: If any provision of this Ordinance or the application of this Ordinance to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this Ordinance shall not be affected and shall remain in full force and effect.

Section 3. Effective Date: This Ordinance shall take effect after publication and passage according to law. More specifically, it is the intention of this Ordinance to modify the existing terms for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to conform with the one year term set forth in this Ordinance.