Chandler residents will learn Friday if the city will lose its mayor — and whether the City Council has to start a fast search for a replacement.
Mayor Boyd Dunn is one of the applicants to become the next Maricopa County Attorney, and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will make its pick Friday. If Dunn is chosen, he’d have to resign immediately. Some council members said they consider Dunn one of the more likely candidates. If he is chosen, they’ll have to move quickly.
“We have 30 days to get a replacement, so we’re going to have to hustle,” said Vice Mayor Bob Caccamo.
If a mayor isn’t chosen by then, a special election must be called. Council members said they don’t want that to happen given that voters will chose a new mayor this fall. They said they also don’t want to appoint somebody who would run for mayor.
“I don’t think that would be fair in a race,” said Councilman Jeff Weninger.
Caccamo said he’s interested. He is not running for mayor.
The council has sole discretion to choose from its ranks or to let anybody from the city apply. Councilwoman Trinity Donovan said she’d like to accept applications but acknowledged there may not be enough time.
Dunn has served two terms as mayor and cannot run for re-election because of term limits. He faces 12 others to replace Andrew Thomas, who has resigned to run for Arizona attorney general. One top contender is Rick Romley, who held the post before Thomas.
A citizen’s committee that is reviewing the candidates will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Supervisors’ Conference Room on the 10th floor, 301 E. Jefferson St. in Phoenix.