By Kristin Rover
Amelia council members did not select someone to fill the vacant seat on council during their Aug. 27 meeting.
Council members have 30 days to select someone to fill the seat left by former councilman Chuck Thacker, who resigned from council Aug. 1.
“Council decided not to seat anyone at this time,” Mayor Todd Hart said. “One made a comment to leave it empty until after the election.”
Hart said that so far, he has received two letters of interest from residents who would like to be on council. He said council members were aware of the letters but decided not to act.
Hart said Thacker’s term ended this year, and he would have had to run for re-election in November.
Five Amelia residents including three current council members are running for four open seats in November.
Candidates who have filed to run in the election include Derrick Campbell, Chris Dickerson, Brandon Hatton, Katie Krafka, and Timothy Rosser.
Hatton and Rosser are the two candidates not currently on council.
Hart said he has no comment on whether he will fill the seat or not.
He said his only concern is if he does not fill the seat and something happened with another council member.
“If something were to happen to another council member between now and then it could make it difficult to go on doing business,” Hart said.
Hart said that if he decides to appoint someone to council, he will consider the two candidates who have already been certified to the ballot for November.