TOWN OF SHARON
NOTICE OF SELECTBOARD VACANCY
January 9, 2018
In accordance with 24 V.S.A. § 961(a), the Selectboard of the Town of Sharon hereby gives notice of a vacancy created by the resignation of Luke Pettengill in the office of Selectboard member effective January 8, 2018.
The Selectboard, pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 963, will make an appointment to fill this vacancy at its meeting to be held on January 22, 2018. The person appointed will serve until town elections are held Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Qualified voters interested in being appointed to fill this vacancy should submit a letter of interest to Mary Gavin, Selectboard Chair by January 18, 2018. Please email your letter to the following email address: email@example.com.
The person appointed through March 6th may also submit a nominating petition to be put on the ballot for elections on March 6th in order to serve the remaining one year in this 3-year term. Nominating petitions are due by 4PM, Monday, January 29 to Sharon Town Clerk. A nominating petition can be found here http://sharonvt.net/documents/nominating-petition-consent-form/
PERSON TO CONTACT
Additional information pertaining to this notice and its contents may be obtained by contacting Selectboard Assistant Margy Becker (802) 763-8268 #4 during normal office hours (Mon-Thurs. 9:00am – 4:30pm.) Selectboard Chair Mary Gavin may be reached at (802) 359-2013 (eves.).
CITIZENS’ RIGHT TO PETITION FOR VOTE
In this case – the vacancy is being created just prior to March Town Meeting 2018, when elections are held. The March Australian Ballot will provide voters an opportunity to vote to fill 2 Selectboard seats – 1) a 3-year term expiring March 2021; 2) 1-year remaining in 3-year term expiring March 2019.
Should a vacancy remain on the Selectboard AFTER Town Meeting 2018 which is filled by Selectboard appointment, Titles 17 V.S.A. § 2643 and 24 V.S.A. § 963 grant citizens the right to petition for a vote to replace the Selectboard’s appointee at a special Town Meeting later in 2018. If a special town meeting is called, the newly elected Selectboard member will remain in office for the balance of the unexpired term. If a special Town Meeting is not called, the Selectboard’s appointee will remain in office until the next annual Town Meeting
To exercise this right, citizens must present a petition calling for an election for this office signed by five percent of the legal voters of the Town to the Town Clerk prior to the next annual Town Meeting.