Commissioner David Miller resigned Friday, March 25, 2016.
Therefore an interim commissioner will be selected by the Iron County
Republican Party Central Committee. This
committee is comprised of the Iron County Executive Committee, the 2 At-Large
State Central Committee Delegates, the newly elected Precinct Chairs and Vice
Chairs as well as elected Iron County officials who are registered Republicans.
According to state law
referenced below we have 30 days from the official notice to submit the name of
an interim commissioner who will serve until January 2017. I received official
notice of the vacancy on Friday March 25, 2016. The interim appointment
deadline therefore is Sunday April 24,
Given the expected attendance of
central committee members at the Utah State Republican Party Convention on
April 23, 2016 we cannot meet effectively that day and since notice of an Iron
County Central Committee meeting must be
given 2 weeks before the meeting date it seems that the only viable date to
meet and select an interim replacement is our Iron County Convention date of
April 16, 2016.
Therefore, we will have an Iron
County Central Committee meeting at 10:00 am on Saturday April 16, 2016 to
select an interim Commissioner (seat A) to serve through the end of the year.
We will also have our previously scheduled Iron County Convention where we will
select ballot candidates for both commissioner seats.
Candidates for the interim
position need to submit a letter of intent to the Iron County Republican Party
Executive Committee by April 8, 2016.
Candidates for the remaining 2
years of Iron County Commissioner Seat A need to file with the Iron County
Clerk no later than close of business on April 1, 2016.
So that everyone understands the process and the dictated
deadlines, listed below are the applicable sections from Utah State law and the
Iron County Republican Party Constitution and Bylaws.
Applicable selections of section 20A-1-508 of Utah Law.
Until a replacement is selected as provided in this section and has qualified,
the county legislative body shall appoint an interim replacement to fill the
vacant office by following the procedures and requirements of this Subsection
(i) To appoint an interim
replacement, the county legislative body shall give notice of the vacancy to
the party liaison (County Chair) of
the same political party of the prior office holder and invite that party
liaison to submit the name of a person to fill the vacancy.
(ii) That party liaison (County Chair) shall, within 30 days,
submit the name of the person selected in accordance with the party
constitution or bylaws as described in Section 20A-8-401 for the interim
replacement to the county legislative body.
(iii) The county legislative
body shall no later than five days after the day on which a party liaison
submits the name of the person for the interim replacement appoint the person
to serve out the unexpired term.
(a) The requirements of this Subsection (3) apply to all county offices
that become vacant if:
(i) the vacant office has an
unexpired term of two years or more; and
(ii) the vacancy occurs after
the election at which the person was elected but before April 10 of the next
(i) When the conditions
established in Subsection (3)(a) are met, the county clerk shall notify the
public and each registered political party that the vacancy exists.
(ii) All persons intending to
become candidates for the vacant office shall:
(A) file a declaration of
candidacy according to the procedures and requirements of Chapter 9, Part 2,
Candidate Qualifications and Declarations of Candidacy; and Utah Code Page 2
(B) if nominated as a party candidate
or qualified as an independent or write-in candidate under Chapter 8,
Political Party Formation and Procedures, run in the regular general election.
To ratify the
appointments of qualified members to complete the unexpired terms of County
Party officers when vacancies occur.
To certify to
the County Clerk, the names of qualified replacement candidates when any
candidacy or elected public office becomes vacant prior to elections under
conditions as specified by law.
2.D A Central Committee meeting can be called, with at least two
weeks notice, by the County Chair, a majority of the Executive Committee, or at
the request of 25% of the Central Committee members. Voting by proxy in a Central Committee
meeting is expressly prohibited.
8.A Nominations. Delegates to the Iron County Nominating
Convention held on even-numbered years shall ratify all candidates for county
or legislative office who are unopposed and send them directly to the general
election representing the Republican Party. They shall also elect Republican
candidates for county and legislative office. The convention shall place in
nomination all declared and qualified candidates for county and legislative
office. Balloting shall be on secret ballots.