Ward 4 Vacancy

City Council Ward 4 Vacancy

The City Council declared a vacancy for the Ward 4 Councilor position at its special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 6, accepting Councilor Joshua Manley's resignation and agreeing to the process of filling the vacant seat at its Jan. 27 meeting.

A filing period for applicants ended on Wednesday, Jan. 13. At the City Council’s meeting on Jan. 13, the two candidates who applied to fill the vacancy made presentations to the Council.

The two applicants are:

Their presentations to the City Council can be viewed below:

At the City Council’s meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Council, by majority vote, will appoint a new Ward 4 City Councilor to fill out the remaining term until a new Council is seated on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. In the instance of a tie vote between two candidates, the Council agreed that a coin toss would determine the winner. The process of creating a vacancy began on Dec. 15 when Manley wrote to Mayor Robert Carrier to announce his resignation from the City Council, where he noted his residence has changed, and he no longer lived in Ward 4 or the City of Dover.

According to C3-5 of the Charter, the City Council must declare the vacancy and set the process of filling the vacant seat. C3-5 of the Charter states that Council vacancies are to be filled a special election unless the vacancy occurs less than a year before the term's expiration. If it's less than a year, then the City Council has the authority by a majority vote to appoint a qualified resident of the ward to fill out the remaining Council term.

For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 516-6018.

Ward 4 Applications

Applications received by the City Clerk for the Ward 4 vacancy are as follows: