Sec. 2-16. How composed; how and when elected; term of office.
(a) The council of the city shall consist of one (1) body, composed of seven (7) citizens, who are electors, over twenty-one (21) years of age, to be elected from the city at large, at the regular municipal election in May, who shall enter upon their duties September first following their election. At the municipal election to be held June 1932, three (3) members shall be elected for a term of four (4) years, and at the election held in June 1934, four (4) members shall be elected for a term of four (4) years, and thereafter biennially, there shall be elected alternately three (3) or four (4) members as the case may be, for a term of four (4) years.
(b) On and after July 1, 1976, the council shall consist of seven (7) members of whom four (4) shall be elected from wards and three (3) of whom shall be elected at large as hereinafter provided. The terms of councilmen elected in 1976 and thereafter shall begin July 1, succeeding their election.
(c) At the election to be held in May 1976, successors to four (4) councilmen whose terms expire June 30, 1976, shall be elected for a term of four (4) years. The four (4) councilmen shall be elected from and be registered voters in the wards established under Chapter 14 of this code with one (1) councilman to be elected from each ward. At the same election to be held in May 1976, three (3) successors to the councilmen whose terms expire in such year shall be chosen by election at large in the city to serve for terms of two (2) years.
(d) After May 1976, successors to the councilmen elected under paragraph (c) hereof shall be elected for a term of four (4) years by ward or at large, as the case may be, depending on whether the respective office was filled by election at large or by ward.
(e) Vacancies occurring in the membership of the council shall be filled by the council within thirty (30) days for a term to expire when the qualified voters of the city at large or the ward in which the vacancy occurred, as the case may be, have elected a successor at the next ensuing general election for councilmen and the person so chosen has duly qualified. If the vacancy occurs in a ward, the successor so chosen shall be a registered voter of that ward. All vacancies filled by the council shall be by majority of the remaining members. (Code 1959, § 2-10; Ord. of 2-10-76)