City Council to Appoint Mayor Following Passing of Mayor John E. (Jack) Powell
Issued Date: April 23, 2020
Point of Contact: John Prescott, City Manager, 605-677-7050
(Vermillion, SD) The Vermillion community, Vermillion City Council, and City staff experienced a great loss earlier this week with the passing of Mayor Jack Powell. His leadership and City Council experience will be greatly missed.
State statute 9-8-2 provides that in the event of a vacancy in the Office of Mayor, the City Council will appoint an individual to be Mayor. It is anticipated that the City Council will appoint a Mayor at the May 4, 2020 City Council meeting. The individual appointed Mayor will serve from the time of appointment until the first meeting in July 2021. There will be an election held the first Tuesday in June 2021 to elect a Mayor who will serve the final year of the term to which Mayor Jack Powell was originally elected.
If a current City Council member is appointed Mayor, the individual will need to resign their current City Council seat. This resignation will create a vacancy in one of the four City Council wards in the community. The length of this City Council appointment varies depending on the City Council member appointed to be Mayor, as some terms are expiring this July.
Appointment of Mayor will be listed on the agenda of the City Council meeting when the item is addressed. Please do not hesitate to contact City Hall or a Council member with questions.
We are sending this News Release as a service to the news media and citizens of Vermillion.