Bexley city attorney Lou Chodosh says that according to the Bexley city charter, city council members are charged with the duty of electing a new mayor following the death of Mayor John Brennan.
Bexley city attorney Lou Chodosh said that according to the Bexley city charter, city council members are charged with the duty of electing a new mayor following the death of Mayor John Brennan.
Since Brennan died only one month into his second term in office, his successor will serve for two years, according to Chodosh. An election will then be held for the remaining two years of Brennan's four-year term. When that term expires, an election will be held for a full four-year term.
Chodosh said city council can elect any eligible Bexley resident. Former City Auditor Larry Heiser and local businessman Alexander Liderman lost to Brennan in the Nov. 8, 2011, election. Chodosh said council members are not required to elect either of those candidates.
Ben Kessler, president of Bexley City Council, has been serving as acting mayor since Brennan took a leave of absence on Jan. 12.
Chodosh said if a current council member were to be elected mayor, council would have to name a replacement for that member. Bexley businessman Jan Zupnick finished fifth when Kessler, Steve Keyes, Tim Madison and Mark Masser were elected on Nov. 8, 2011, but council would not be required to appoint him to the post.
It is anticipated that an application process for the mayoral post will be announced shortly.
Here's what the Bexley city charter says about the mayoral succession process:
"If the Mayor dies, resigns or moves from the city, during the term of office, the President of Council shall be the Acting Mayor until the vacancy is filled by the election of a Mayor by a majority vote of Council.
"If the Mayor-elect shall die or move from the City before assuming office, the Council shall, at its first meeting in the following January, elect a Mayor.
"The person so elected in either of the above contingencies shall ... serve until the first of January following the next regular Municipal election, at which election, a Mayor shall be be elected for the remainder of the unexpired term, or for a four-year term, as the case may be."