SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – With Christine Lundberg stepping down from the office of mayor in Springfield, many are asking what’s next.
Chapter IV Section 20 of the Springfield Charter:
"A vacancy in the Council or in the position of Mayor shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the Council. The appointee’s term of office runs from the time of his or her qualification for the office after the appointment and shall continue until the beginning of the year following the next general biennial election and until a successor is qualified. The successor for the unexpired term shall be chosen at the next general biennial election after said appointment. During a Council member’s disability to serve on the Council or during the member’s excused absence from the City, a majority of the other members of the Council may by appointment fill the vacancy pro tem."
According to new details released by the city, voters won’t get a say on Lundberg’s replacement until November 2022. The process is outlined in the Springfield Charter and does not allow for a special election.
In the meantime, the city council will select someone to fill the vacancy. The person must meet minimum qualifications set out in the charter, including living in city limits and not being a city employee.
"Mayor Lundberg already won the election for a new four-year term beginning January 2021, at the May primary this year. Per the Springfield Charter, the City Council must appoint an interim Mayor until a successor is elected by Springfield voters. The successor to fill the remaining two years of that term will be elected at the general election in November 2022," city officials wrote in a statement.
It’s not known at this time when the council will meet to make a decision.
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