What happens if the Mayor steps down?
There has been a lot of speculation and discussion about what might happen in the event Mayor Peter Cammarano decides to step down amidst his corruption/bribery charges.
Second ward Councilwoman Beth Mason has called on her band of legal experts to provide the following facts about what the law actually allows:
Mayoral Replacement FAQ
- What happens if Mayor Peter Cammarano resigns?
If Mayor Cammarano resigns the City Council has 30 days to appoint a new Mayor. If no Mayor is appointed then the City Council President (Dawn Zimmer) would serve as acting Mayor until a special election is held.
- Will there be a new election if the Mayor resigns?
Yes. If Mayor Cammarano resigns before September 4th there will be a special election held in November 2009. If Mayor Cammarano resigns after September 4th there will be a special election held in June 2010. The election will be winner takes all with no runoff.
- Can Mayor Cammarano appoint an Acting Mayor?
Yes. If Mayor Cammarano wants he can appoint an Acting Mayor rather than resign. However, he can only pick one of his Department Heads. Since none have been confirmed he can only appoint City Clerk Jimmy Farina or Health and Human Services Director John Pope since they were already approved under Mayor Roberts’ administration.
- Can the City Council remove the Mayor from office?
Not at this time. The only way to remove the Mayor would be through a recall election, however by law a Mayor cannot be recalled until after he has spent a total of 1 year in office, so the earliest Mayor can be recalled in July 1, 2010.