OCEAN CITY, NJ — The empty City Council at-large seat will remain empty until the municipal election in May, officials announced.

The vacancy was created in January when longtime Councilwoman Karen Bergman resigned to take a job with the city. Read more: Longtime Councilwoman Steps Down To Take Ocean City Job

At the latest City Council meeting, Councilman Terry Crowley was appointed to serve as vice president. He was selected by a 5-0 vote, with Councilman Jody Levchuk abstaining.

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But the empty seat will stay empty until the voters choose who will fill it, Council President Pete Madden said.

“The council has chosen not to appoint anybody to the at-large seat that’s currently open,” Madden said at the meeting. “So, we’ll wait for the May election.”

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May’s election is set for May 14. Candidates have until Feb. 29 to file for nomination. So far, former Councilman Mike DeVlieger has announced that he will be running for the at-large seat.

During public comment, DeVlieger thanked City Council for leaving the vacancy in the hands of the voters, saying that they had made “the right choice.”


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