Council fills Chuckatuck Borough seat

Published 11:32 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Suffolk City Council has appointed Shelley Butler Barlow to the Chuckatuck Borough seat to fill out the unexpired term of Mike Duman, who vacated the seat after being elected mayor.

Barlow, a farmer at Cotton Plains Farm with her husband Joseph Barlow Jr. and his father and son, was one of 21 people who applied for the open seat after Duman won the four-way race for mayor. She was appointed by a 7-0 vote during council’s Feb. 3 meeting.

The names of the other candidates were not made public.


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Duman said during the Jan. 20 council meeting that he had not seen a better pool of candidates from which to choose.

The council had reviewed candidates in closed session at that meeting, and did so again during the Feb. 3 meeting before choosing Barlow. Council, by code, had until the end of February to make the appointment.

Barlow will serve until Dec. 31, 2022. An election for the Chuckatuck Borough council seat will take place during the November 2022 general election.

“I want to congratulate Ms. Barlow in filling my seat on city council,” Duman said.