OIB reached out to Board of Education Chairman John Weldon about establishing a timeline to fill the vacancy of Dennis Bradley who resigned from the board last week triggering a 30-day window for the board to fill it. If they miss the deadline, the vacancy will be filled by Mayor Joe Ganim. Bradley resigned following his election to the State Senate in November.
A Special Meeting is being planned for Monday, February 25th, at 7:30 p.m. in Rm. 324 of City Hall on Lyon Terrace, to establish a process and timeline for filling the vacancy created by Dennis Bradley, who resigned his seat on February 15th.
As a result of Mr. Sokolovic’s party switch from Republican to Democrat this past October, an “excess party majority” was created that now must be rebalanced through the process the Board is about to embark on.
We’ve been advised through legal counsel that, to conduct that rebalancing, the individual that replaces Mr. Bradley cannot be a registered Democrat, but can have any other party affiliation, or may be unaffiliated.
When the Board meets on Monday, it is anticipated that a timeline will be cemented to make the most efficient use of the remaining 20 days the Board will have at that time to elect an interested party to fill the vacancy. While an aggressive schedule, I do not foresee it being insurmountable. I envision a roughly 10-day window being established to receive applications, followed by a 1- or 2-day review period, with interviews taking place to allow for a vote to be taken in time to have the selected individual in place to begin service at the March 11th Regular Meeting–well in advance of the March 17th deadline the Board has to fill the vacancy.