PROSPECT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Despite a special meeting Tuesday night, March 26, and a looming deadline, one of the fastest growing third class cities in Jefferson County is still without a mayor.
The residents of Prospect re-elected Todd Eberle in November of 2010; however, he left office suddenly in March citing personal reasons. The city council is struggling to agree on his replacement by April 10 - 30 days after Eberle vacated his seat. If they don't, the governor will chose the next mayor of Prospect.
At Tuesday night’s special meeting city council members debated the merits of electing one of two council members running or a person from outside the council. Prospective candidates not on the council include a city employee, former mayor, and former Kentucky attorney general. As of the close of the meeting council members Stuart Miles and Sandra Tucci said they wouldn't vote for any of their fellow members because they feel choosing between colleagues has caused tension on the council.
The remaining four council members, including Sandra Leonard and Mike Scott who are being considered for mayor, have agreed to select a council member for the position. However, since no candidate can vote for his or herself, both candidates have only gotten three votes; four are required.
The city council has asked the state attorney general to weigh in on whether they can legally choose a council member as mayor with three votes instead of four. The council will hold another special meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Prospect City Hall.