The Murfreesboro City Council soon take up what to do with the vacant seat left after the passing of Vice Mayor Doug Young. You'll recall he passed away at the age of 68 after battling cancer last month.
The council can either appoint someone to complete the remaining two-years of Young's term or not fill the seat at all. A special election is not an option, since it would cost over 60-thousand dollars and there's not an election in 2017.
The current city council will choose among its current members the next vice mayor. Madelyn Scales Harris, Rick LaLance, Bill Shacklett, Eddie Smotherman and Kirt Wade are currently serving the city on the council. Wade just joined the governing board after last November's election.
The vice mayor takes up the duties of the mayor if he or she is not present at meetings and at many public appearances in the city.