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Process set for replacing Barber on Joliet City Council

Rex Robinson | 3/10/2014, 11:55 a.m. | Updated on 3/17/2014, 7:27 a.m.
Joliet city officials have outlined the process, according to Illinois Municipal Code, how the now-vacant position on the city council ...
Former Joliet City Councilwoman Susie Barber

Joliet city officials have outlined the process, according to Illinois Municipal Code, how the now-vacant position on the city council will be filled following the resignation last week of 4th District Councilwoman Susie Barber.

Upon the submittal of a resignation letter to the mayor, and Barber submitted her resignation letter to Mayor Tom Giarrante on March 5, the mayor has 60 days to nominate a successor and the nominee must be “qualified” to hold the office.

“The nominee must be eligible to vote in City elections and must have been a resident of District 4 for at least one year,” City Attorney Jeff Plyman said.

Giarrante and the city council then have 30 days to act on the nomination in open session, according to the code. A simple majority must concur in the nomination for the appointment to take effect. If the nomination fails to receive a simple majority, Giarrante may then nominate a second qualified person. Once again, the mayor and city council have 30 days to act on the nomination in open session.

If the second nominee fails to receive a simple majority, Giarrante may than make a “temporary appointment” of either the first or the second nominee. Council concurrence is not required for this appointment. The temporary appointment remains in effect until another mayoral nominee receives a simple majority or until the position is filled via election.

Based on the timing of Barber’s resignation, the next election for the District 4 councilman seat will be the April 7, 2015, general election. There will not be a special election.