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Council to choose from applicants to fill Chuckatuck Borough seat

Applications for the soon-to-be-vacant Chuckatuck Borough seat on Suffolk City Council will be taken beginning Dec. 4.

The seat needs to be filled after Mike Duman, who currently holds that seat, won the mayoral election, defeating three other candidates, including current Mayor Linda Johnson. The person chosen would serve the remaining two years of Duman’s term, with an election taking place in November 2022.

The application will be posted on the city’s website, www.suffolkva.us, and it will be under the Spotlights tab. Interim City Manager Al Moor said there would also be links on the city’s various social media channels.

It can be submitted electronically or by mail until Dec. 31. They will be considered after Jan. 1, as it can only be filled after the vacancy takes place.

Duman himself brought up the topic of filling the soon-to-be-vacant seat and moved to fill the seat through an application process. The seat, by statute, needs to be filled within 60 days of the vacancy and done through a majority vote of council.

City Attorney Helivi Holland explained the process, and noted that there would be a link there for people who live in the Chuckatuck Borough to submit their application for consideration by council after Jan. 1. It will also provide the eligibility requirements, and prospective candidates will be allowed to attach a resume.

Holland said only after the vacancy becomes official on Jan. 1 would the applications be reviewed by council, which at that point will also include a new Whaleyville Borough councilman, LeOtis Williams, who defeated longtime Councilman Curtis Milteer in a three-way race.

Holland said more information on the process would also be provided at the Dec. 16 council meeting.