Michelle Holly’s recent election as Fayette County clerk has resulted in a Ward 1 vacancy on the Oak Hill City Council.

According to the city charter, no member of council or the mayor can hold any other public office or position, including membership on a political executive committee, during their term in municipal office.

Holly, who served on city council for 18 months, submitted her resignation effective Wednesday, Nov. 18.

“I am sad to be leaving both Oak Hill City Council and the Fayette County Public Libraries,” Holly said. “I have greatly enjoyed serving as a councilperson and as a librarian, but I am very excited to begin serving the people of Fayette County in this new capacity.”

Holly will be sworn in as county clerk by Circuit Judge Thomas Ewing at 9:10 a.m. during the Fayette County Commission meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19. There will also be a 1 p.m. ceremony on Thursday in front of the Fayette County Courthouse, since the commission meeting room is limited in capacity because of Covid-19 requirements.

According to City Manager Bill Hannabass, the Oak Hill City Council has requested a letter of intent or a resume from anyone who wants to be appointed to replace Holly as a Ward 1 council member.

A map of the wards may be viewed at https://arcg.is/1HSSiy0, with Ward 1 depicted in blue.

Council will appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term. The governing group has requested that letters of intent or resumes be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2020. The document(s) may be submitted in person at city hall (100 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill) between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed from noon to 1 p.m.), or they may be mailed to: C/O City manager, City of Oak Hill, PO Box 1245, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Below are excerpts provided by Hannabass from the Oak Hill city charter pertaining to qualifications and vacancies:

● All members of council and the mayor must be citizens of the United States, qualified voters and bona fide residents of the city and over the age of 18 years. All members of council representing a ward must be bona fide residents of the ward which they represent. The required residency must be maintained throughout the term of office. No member of council or the mayor shall hold during their term of office any other public office or position, including membership on any political executive committee.

● If a vacancy occurs, from any cause whatsoever, in the office of councilman or mayor, council shall, by a majority vote of the remaining members, appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term.

The council vacancy will be on the agenda during a regular council meeting on Monday, Dec. 14.

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