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Portage Council deadlocks on who should be Mayor Pro-Tem


PORTAGE (WKZO)  --A sharply divided Portage City Council has deadlocked on the selection of a Mayor-pro-tem, unable to come up with a majority between Council Members Terry Urban and Jim Pearson.

  It followed the official swearing-in ceremonies for the newly elected Council Members Tuesday night. 

They took several votes before it became apparent that they were not going to break the 3 to 3 tie.

They are stuck with 6 members because they have not yet filled the vacancy left by the resignation of Elizabeth Campbell who stands accused of embezzlement.

The split represents deep differences between 2 different factions on the council.

They have had to call a special meeting next Monday night to resume the voting. If they can’t settle it then, City Attorney Randall Brown says their only option will be to wait until a 7th member is picked.

Council Member Patricia Randall raised the possibility of that decision also deadlocking.

It could be a preview of nightmares to come for the council.

The council has given applicants for the vacancy until the close of business next Tuesday to submit a resume. They hope to have a full council by mid-December.

 In the meantime, former Mayor Pro-tem Claudette Reid will continue to serve in that capacity.