Lincoln City Council to appoint acting mayor

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LINCOLN - Lincoln officials say a member of the city council will be chosen to succeed Keith Snyder, who is stepping down from the position to serve on the Illinois Labor Relations Board.

City officials say council members must revert to state statutes on how to fill this vacancy.  During a temporary vacancy, a "mayor pro tempore" may perform the mayor's duties.  However, the mayor pro tempore cannot fill that role when the vacancy is permanent.

Officials say an "Acting Mayor" may be appointed to fill the vacancy under state law.  A member of the Lincoln City Council must be selected to fill the role, and the action must be taken at a public meeting.  The individual who is selected as acting mayor would serve the remainder of Snyder's term, which ends on April 30, 2017.

Lincoln City Council officials say the city's daily operations are stable, and that there's no need to rush a decision.  We will provide updates to this story as they become available.
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