History of how Palm Bay’s vacancy ordinance language came about


Below is the history of how the vacancy language in Chapter 50 was implemented from the 2012 Charter Review Commission.

Charter Review Commission members –                Tres Holton (appointed by Mayor Mazziotti)

                                                                                 Vicki Northrup (appointed by Mayor Mazziotti)

                                                                Ray Myers (appointed by Deputy Mayor Michele Paccione)

        Beth McMillan (later replaced by Frances Speegle) (appointed by Deputy Mayor Michele Paccione)

                                                       Christopher Robinson (appointed by Councilman William Capote)

                                                             William Rettinger (appointed by Councilman William Capote)

              Missy Wilson (later replaced by Scott Cuthbert) (appointed by Councilwoman Kristine Isnardi)

                                                       Harry Santiago, Jr. (appointed by Councilwoman Kristine Isnardi)

Mary Ellen Pryor (appointed by Councilman Ken Greene)

                                                                          Mary Greene (appointed by Councilman Ken Green)

  • The Charter Review Commission was appointed in December 2011.  Their review of the Charter began in January 2012.  The meeting minutes in which the vacancy language was discussed are referenced below and attached (info highlighted in the minutes for quick reference).  The minutes reflect staff’s proposal of removing the vacancy provisions from the City Charter and implementing via ordinance.
    • February 27, 2012
    • March 12, 2012
    • June 11, 2012
    • July 9, 2012
  • City Council held a special meeting on June 26, 2012, in which sixteen (16) proposed Charter amendments were presented.  Council asked that the CRC reconvene to reduce the number of proposed revisions.  The CRC held its meeting on July 9th.  
  • Council then held its meeting on July 19, 2012, and approved the placement of six (6) Charter revisions on the November ballot, which included the proposed amendment to 3.062 (agenda item excerpt attached).
  • After approval by the electorate, Ordinance 2012-47 was created under Chapter 50, Elections, to include provisions for the filling of vacancies on City Council (ordinance attached).







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