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Posted: 05/28/14

Village mulls over vacancy

Observer Staff Writer
      The Village of Romeo Board of Trustees is determining how to handle a vacancy on its seven-member board.
       Trustee Russell Rinke resigned from the board this month due to selling his home in Romeo and moving to Oakland County. With Rinke gone, the board spoke on May 19 about what steps to take in potentially filling the vacancy.
       As of May 19, eight residents expressed interest in being appointed to the position. Trustees said they want to wait another month to see if any other residents throw their hat into the ring.
       The board will have Village Attorney Mark Clark research whether the appointed person would have to run in the November election, or if they would remain in place after being appointed.
       He said the person taking Rinke's spot would likely hold the seat for the remaining two years of Rinke's term.
       Clark said, though, that the board is not required to appoint someone to the position, and can wait for the upcoming election to fill the vacancy.
       The board has tentatively scheduled a meeting on June 2 to speak with all interested parties.

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