Ennis officials begin search for new mayor

The Ennis Town Commission is accepting letters of interest for town mayor in the wake of the untimely death of former mayor John Clark.

Under the town’s charter, the chair of the town commission takes over for the mayor until a new one is appointed, said Pat Clancey, chair of the Ennis Town Commission.

“The way things are set up is the commission chairman fulfills the duties of the mayor in the mayor’s absence,” Clancey said. “I’ll be doing that until a new mayor takes office.”

Clark died unexpectedly last week after battling cancer. A public celebration of life was held at Ennis Lions Club Park on Thursday.

In Ennis, the mayor is not a member of the town commission, but rather serves as the executive officer for the town, Clancey said. The mayor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the town, developing and implementing budgets, setting commission meeting agendas and hiring and firing employees.

The mayor appointee will serve through next year. If the new mayor is interested in holding office longer, he or she will have to file as a mayoral candidate for the 2013 general election. All Ennis town elections are nonpartisan, he said.

Interested applicants should submit a letter outlining their qualifications by Aug. 24. Applicants should be at least 21 years old, have been a resident of the state for at least three years and has been a resident for at least two years preceding the election to office of the city or town or an area that has been annexed by the city or town.

The new mayor will be appointed by a simple majority vote of the town commission, Clancy said.

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