CARSON — The City Council decided this week to hold a special election next year to fill the council seat vacated by Walter J. (Jake) Egan, who was sentenced last week to one year in federal prison on mail fraud and extortion charges.
The election was scheduled for March 3.
The council's unanimous action came after Councilwoman Vera Robles DeWitt, taking a cue from a person in the audience, said council members should lock themselves in a room and not come out until they appoint a replacement.
Her motion to appoint Egan's replacement, seconded by Councilwoman Kay A. Calas, was withdrawn after Mayor Sylvia L. Muise said an election should be held because the four remaining council members--who have split 2-2 on a number of votes--would be deadlocked on a replacement.
"Certainly I feel the cost factor has some relevancy as to whether or not we call for a special election, and the fact the people of this community did speak within the last six months," DeWitt said, referring to the council election in April in which Egan's council seat was not a stake. "It doesn't appear, though, that we're going to have a consensus as far as an appointment is concerned."