Statesboro City Council has called a special meeting in the council chambers at 9 a.m. Tuesday to request a special election to fill the vacant District 5 council seat.
Travis Chance, who represented District 5 for more than 10 years and was the longest-serving council member, resigned last Tuesday effective at 5 p.m. He plans to move with his family later this year to a home they are renovating outside the city limits. By resigning now, he was cleared to sign up as a candidate for a Bulloch County Board of Commissioners seat during qualifying week, and did so Wednesday.
His resignation leaves City Council with four members, thus potentially more prone to tie votes, and District 5 with no direct representation. Officials, including City Attorney Cain Smith, said the council could schedule a special city election in District 5 to be held along with either the May 22 county and state primary election or the Nov. 6 general election.
With Tuesday’s special meeting, remaining council members appear ready to act sooner rather than later. Under the city charter, either the mayor or two or more council members can call a special meeting.
City Clerk Sue Starling issued the notice Friday for Tuesday’s meeting. Starling said she had received emails from council members Phil Boyum and John Riggs but other members were replying, and she had also received an acknowledgement of the meeting from Mayor Jonathan McCollar.
The agenda does not state a date for the election, but names a proposed motion for approval: “Resolution 2018-12: A Resolution to hold a special election for the purpose of electing a Council Member for the vacant seat in District 5.”