Death of Council Chair
The question has recently arisen as to what happens when a chair dies in post. S.15 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972 provides that the chair shall be elected annually by the council from among the councillors. What happens outside of then? S.88 deals with the filling of a casual vacancy in the case of the chair, as the death of a councillor creates a casual vacancy. S.88 (1) provides that on a casual vacancy occurring in the office of chair of any council, an election to fill the vacancy shall be held not later than the next ordinary meeting of the council held after the date on which the vacancy occurs (that is, the date of the death), or if that meeting is held within fourteen days after that date, then not later than the next following ordinary meeting of the council. It shall be conducted in the same manner as an ordinary election, that is, from among the councillors.
NALC Legal Update November 2021
Posted: Thu, 18 Nov 2021 14:30 by Kevin Bacon