San Angelo's City Council held a special meeting on February 11, 2013 to discuss the need to hold a special election to fill Fredd Adams seat. The minutes state:
Mayor New stated the resignation of former Councilmember Adams on January 18, 2013 allowed the remaining City Council member to appoint another member by February 18, 2013. During the appointment discussion, the Council’s direction was to appoint an individual not running for the office, thereby not endorsing their candidacy in the upcoming election. Also, the Council considered the Charter language stating if an appointment was not made within the thirty days, then a special election would be held within ninety days following the creation of the vacancy. The Council further consulted with the City Attorney and has since been advised the state statute does not require the City to hold a special election other than a uniform election date. Therefore, Mayor New suggested proceeding with the uniform election date and citizens interested in pursuing the Single Member District 4 seat may apply to run for the office of that district.
By not acting, in appointment or motion, City Council violated its Charter requirement, using state law as an excuse.
SECTION 14. VACANCIES: Where a vacancy in any elective office shall occur, except a vacancy created as a result of conditions contained in Section 13, the vacant office shall be filled by a unanimous vote of the remaining Mayor and/or City Council members for the unexpired term. In the event that a unanimous vote cannot be obtained within 30 days from the date of the vacancy, the vacant office shall be filled by a special election for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as provided in this charter for the regular election of such offices. Such election shall be held on a Saturday within 90 days following the creation of the vacancy; provided however, that where a vacancy occurs within 90 days of the normal expiration date of the office, no special election to fill the vacancy shall be called unless more than two vacancies occur. (Amended 4/29/72)The Charter later states:
SECTION 23. RATIFICATION OF ORDINANCES: All ordinances and resolutions in force at the time of taking effect of this charter not inconsistent with its provisions, shall continue in force until amended or repealed.Council did not amend or repeal the special election requirement on February 11. It chose to ignore it.
This special City Council meeting did not make a press release, nor was it posted on the City's Slideshare page. It wasn't for lack of effort I didn't find it.