Sharon Cannon bid her fellow Lincoln City City Councilors adieu Monday evening as she formally submitted her resignation in view of the fact that she no longer lives in the City Ward from which she was elected, and in which she must reside if she is to be on the council. Cannon moved out of Ward One due to personal circumstances.
Her fellow councilors praised her good work and her commitment to the city and to its residents. They said they will miss her.
With that, Cannon got up and departed the city council chambers and City Hall. The council later formally declared a vacancy on the council that the council can fill either by holding a special election or by appointing an interim councilor to fill out the short remainder of Cannon’s term. The idea was raised to wait until right after the November 2nd election and appoint whoever won the Ward One race. But City Attorney Joan Kelsey pointed out that the election is not over until after all the straggler votes are counted and the election is officially certified. And that, she reminded the council, can take at least a month. So that appeared to throw more than enough cold water on the idea of an interim appointment.
So, for the next two and a half months, Lincoln City will have a six member city council, instead of seven. The council, in fact, had their first tie vote on a question Monday evening which meant that the motion failed. The council may see a few more of those tie-vote-deadlocks before the first of the year.