(KMOV.com) – The city of Warrenton will not have a mayor until April, 2015 because Mayor Jerry Dyer resigned for health reasons.
Dyer stepped down in October because he was diagnosed with cancer for the third time. The Warrenton Board of Aldermen elected not to appoint an interim mayor that would hold the position until the next election is held in April.
“As far as I know, it hasn’t happened in many years, if ever,” said Board of Aldermen President John Clark. “The majority of the board could not decide what to do. They decided just to keep it as is. The board works fairly well together and we agree to disagree at times.”
The board is made of up six members. If there is a tie, the mayor casts the deciding vote. However, since the mayor’s office is vacant, a tie means a “no” vote since nobody can break the deadlock.
Warrenton residents are divided as to whether an interim mayor should be appointed.
“I think someone needs to run the ship so it doesn’t run into the ground,” said resident Jack Richardson.
The board can still vote to appoint any resident who is 25-years-old and who has lived in the city for at least one year.
“I think the council we have is qualified to appoint someone and I would respect their appointment,” said resident Diana Hubbell.
Aldermen will be filling in to handle some duties of the mayor. Dyer had been mayor since 2012 and was re-elected in April, 2014 to a two year term. Clark said he is considering running for mayor, but has not made a decision. Candidates can begin to file for the election in December.