Council sets timetable to replace Funk

FRONT ROYAL – Town Council needs to replace one of its members soon.

Councilman Daryl L. Funk won election Nov. 3 to become Warren County’s next circuit court clerk. Voters elected Funk to his first term on council in May 2012 and he took office that July. Council moved elections to November, extending Funk’s term to Dec. 31, 2016.

Council agreed Monday to have the town advertise for the vacancy in mid-December, allowing two weeks for those people interested in serving to apply. Council needs to vote to authorize the town to advertise the position. Council then will wait until Jan. 2 to review applications and interview candidates. Council would not need to hold a special election to fill the vacancy if they appoint a replacement early enough in the year.

Mayor Timothy Darr said he didn’t want to make the town taxpayers cover the cost of a special election. Darr said he would rather advertise for the position Jan. 2. But other council members said they would rather start the process earlier by advertising in mid-December. Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger said she didn’t want council to end up in a position where they’re voting on an appointment close to the deadline to fill the seat.

“There should be no issues with appointing someone,” Darr said.

A majority of council may appoint someone to fill the rest of Funk’s term within 45 days of his leaving office. The town charter and state code outlines council’s duty. The appointed person holds the office until voters fill the vacancy in the next election.

A majority of council does not have to appoint a replacement. If members cannot agree on a replacement, a majority of the judges of the 26th Judicial Circuit may make an interim appointment until the town holds a special election. If no interim appointment to fill the vacancy is made by council or the judges, then there shall be a referendum held for a special election to fill the vacancy.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com