Council taking applications, set for July decision
The town of Indian Trail is taking applications from anyone who wants to be a commissioner for five months. In the wake of council member John Hullinger’s resignation, the board voted at their Tuesday, June 28 meeting to appoint a replacement, who will serve out the last five months of the term.
“This person would come on board after the council chooses him or her in July,” Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Goodall said, putting forth the motion. He proposed the council take applications, then interview candidates at the next meeting and make a decision then.
North Carolina statute 160A-63, states: “A vacancy that occurs in an elective office of a city shall be filled by appointment of the city council,” but doesn’t give a timeframe to do so.
It was that wording in the statute which drove council members to decide on appointing someone, rather than holding the position open. Council member Gary D’Onofrio pointed to the fact the statute said a council shall appoint someone, rather than a council may appoint. The word “shall” in a statute basically instructs what a council has to do, rather than giving many options.
State statute 160A-63, states: “A vacancy that occurs in an elective office of a city shall be filled by appointment of the city council,” but doesn’t give a timeframe to do so.
The neighboring towns of Marvin and Waxhaw have both dealt with resignations on their respective boards over the past year. In each case, the board appointed someone to serve out the remainder of the term.
The decision is almost identical to how Hullinger came to be a member of council. In May 2008, former council member Lee Godwin announced his resignation, citing a desire to move to Maryland to be with family. Hullinger was selected out of three candidates for the position.
People can submit an application at the Indian Trail Town Hall, located at 100 Navajo Trail. The next council meeting is scheduled for July 11.