Oceanside City Hall. Photo by Chris Stone
Oceanside City Hall. Photo by Chris Stone

The City Council Wednesday declared a vacancy in the office of the treasurer, a month after the incumbent was re-elected despite having died before the November election.

Gary Ernst passed away in September, too late to remove his name from the ballot. His only opponent, Nadine Scott, came in second. She asked that the council appoint her to the position, according to City Manager John Mullen.

Instead, the mayor and City Council will take applications and appoint a new treasurer in January. They invited Scott to apply for the position, Mullen said.

The application deadline is Jan. 7, followed by interviews by the council on Jan. 11. The new treasurer could be sworn in on that day or at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 18.

–City News Service