Science Hill Mayor William “Bill” Dick is ready to move forward with appointing someone to fill the unexpired term of the late Gene Wesley.

Dick said “two or three people” have been mentioned as possible candidates to serve on the Science Hill City Commission. The mayor plans to contact each of the prospective applicants in the next few days to see if any would be willing to serve before the appointment is brought to the commission for a vote.

The three remaining commissioners are scheduled to vote on the appointment at their next monthly meeting on April 3.

Dick said the commission has 30 days to fill the vacancy or Gov. Fletcher will step in and make the appointment.

The vacancy was created earlier this month when Wesley, a veteran member, died, leaving more than three years on his term. Wesley had served more than 30 years on the commission and was in his third month of a four-year term at the time of his death.

According to information Dick has received on the requirements for filling a vacancy, the appointee will serve until the next General Election.

“If there is a General Election in the fall, he will have to run to fill the remainder of the unexpired term,” Dick said.

Pulaski countians will go to the polls on Nov. 6 to elect a governor and several other state officials. The deadline for candidates to file for vacancies on school boards and small cities — including the Science Hill race — is Aug. 14.

Dick said the position is non-partisan. Candidates must live within the city limits and meet other required qualifications for seeking office.

Commissioners David Phelps, Junior Dick and Paul Cassada serve on the board.

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