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Friday, December 11, 2015

Council Must Fill Empty Seat After Resignation Official

Gov. Matt Bevin signs an Executive Action appointing Adam Meier his Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy. 
By Amanda Dibiaso 

Late last month, Councilman Adam Meier announced his resignation from the Fort Thomas City Council.

Now, the council must appoint someone to fill the seat that will be left vacant by Meier, who is resigning to become the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy under Governor-Elect Matt Bevin.

Chris Johnson, member services legal attorney for the Kentucky League of Cities, said according to Kentucky Revised Statues (KRS) the resignation will be effective at the next regular or special meeting of the council occurring after the date specified in the written letter of resignation.

That would make Meier’s resignation effective at the council’s next meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, December 21.

According to KRS, if a vacancy occurs in the legislative body, the remaining members are required to fill the vacancy by appointment within 30 days.

The only restrictions on who the council can appoint are that the person must be 18 or older and have lived in the city for over a year.

If the legislative body fails to fill the vacancy within 30 days it loses the authority and the power to fill the vacancy is shifted to the Governor.

Whoever is appointed will serve the remainder of Meier’s term, which will end with the other council seats on December 31, 2016.

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