Mayor Ronnie Wallace said.
After advice from the city attorney, the city decided it will replace former Commissioner Duane Reid, who resigned his seat Feb. 26 to move to Florida for a business opportunity.
Since city elections are already scheduled this year, the City Commission opted in February to let the voters fill the post instead of making an appointment.
The city, now, will appoint a representative to the seat, at least until November.
The City Commission will discuss the appointment June 18, according to Wallace.
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The city will embrace candidates looking to serve until November as well as those who may seek to be elected to the post, Wallace added.
At the May 7 meeting, the Rev. Carey Ingram, pastor of Lovejoy Baptist Church, demanded the city fill the slot, citing a line from Romes charter that says the city shall appoint a replacement in the case of a vacancy.
This is important for the minority community, Ingram said Tuesday. If (a minority) is appointed, they stand a better chance of being elected, as it gives them exposure.
Reid is black.
We dont have any specific requirements other than the commission will seek the most qualified individual, Wallace said when asked if the city would seek a minority candidate.
No minority candidate has ever been elected to the commission without first being appointed.
Wallace added the city might not have enough time to go through an application and interview process, so the City Commission position may be a straight appointment.