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.