Who will be the next mayor?

Lebanon City Council

LDR photo/Steve Smith

Lebanon City Council members meet with Assistant to the City Administrator Ben DeClue, far right, in a work session Monday night.


How will the Lebanon City Council fill the vacant mayor’s position?

That was one of the topics taken up at a council work session Monday night.

Mayor Josh Ray resigned last week. That followed City Administrator Chris Heard’s resignation, which is effective June 30.

Councilwoman LeAnn Mather presides over meetings as mayor pro tem in the mayor’s absence but said she does not have the full authority of mayor. She said a mayor will be needed to appoint an interim city administrator after Heard’s departure.

Assistant to the City Administrator Ben DeClue told the council that in a fourth-class city, the mayor pro tem becomes acting mayor in the mayor’s absence, but that’s not the case in a third-class city like Lebanon.

“In a third-class city in a vacancy situation, the mayor pro tem simply presides over meetings until a new mayor is selected,” DeClue said.

At Monday night’s meeting, council members discussed taking applications for the mayor’s job and asking applicants to answer a list of questions. People wanting to be mayor could then meet with the council in a public meeting.

DeClue told the council members that the process should be as open as possible. He said all applicants should be asked to answer the same questions and the council could then ask follow-up questions.

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