Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi has yet to appoint a new council member to fill the seat that was vacated last month by Ward 6 Democrat Paul Whitford, who resigned on Dec. 8 because he moved out of Ward 6.
Within two weeks of his announced resignation, he was appointed to the Chautauqua County Legislature’s District 13 seat to replace outgoing legislator Paula DeJoy, who had to resign from her seat because of a move out of the district.
According to a recent report in the Jamestown Post-Journal, Teresi said he’s had several suggestions for the Ward 6 seat and will likely make an appointment during the first half of this month.
The city’s charter gives the mayor the power to appoint a new City Council member whenever a seat is vacated. The nominee must meet all standard qualifications the office and must also be in the same political party as the individual who vacated the seat.
The appointee will serve in office for at least the remainder of the current term, which expires at the end of this year.
The city council will hold several committee meetings Monday night to deal with routine business before moving on to its regular work session, which begins at 7:30 p.m. All meetings will take place on the fourth floor of city hall and are open to the public.