Why does Delaware law require a special election to fill Paul Clark’s county council president seat?
When I learned that a vacant county executive seat is automatically filled by the president of county council and that the president’s seat is filled by the pro-tem, Pennrose Hollins, it made perfect sense. President is elected “at large” as is the county executive and since pro-tem is elected by the members of council that is not unlike Speaker Gilligan being elected by the house members while still representing the 19th district, it seemed quite efficient.
Now, I come to find out that there must be a special election in January at a cost of over $500,000 to fill the vacant president’s seat; a seat that was not even vacated except by action of this law. If there were going to be a special election anyway, why is it not for the county executive with president of council filling in until then?
I do realize that it is not desirable to have an even number of members since there could be a tie vote, but in that event, a motion just fails having not received a majority vote. The likelihood of this with a 10-2 split is pretty slim but even if it happened, so what?
Lets see how much money we can waste! Why not just start shoveling dollar bills into the furnace to heat county buildings? I repeat, this is stupid and it is too late to fix now. This mess resulted from a reaction by the legislature to limit Tom Gordon’s power. It was just not well thought through. What a shame.