Paw Paw officials set process to fill empty council seats

by Kate Shunney

Two Town of Paw Paw council seats left empty by a shortage of candidates in the town’s June municipal election are set to be filled on August 3, according to town officials.

Under the town’s charter, elected council members will appoint qualified town residents to the serve on the five-member council. Paw Paw’s town government is made up of five council members, a town recorder and a mayor.

On June 1, residents re-elected Darlene Abe for a second term as mayor, voted in Jeff Palmer as town recorder and elected Angie Newlon, Earl Meyers Jr. and Sherry Rowzee as council members.

Town officials are asking residents who are interested in serving a two-year term on council to submit a brief statement to the town about why they want to serve. Those statements will be accepted at Town Hall through noon on Thursday, July 29.

Eligible candidates will be residents within the town limits and must be at least 18 years of age.

Town council members are paid $50 per meeting for their service, and generally meet once per month, with additional budget or special meetings as needed.

A special meeting of the council will be held on Tuesday, August 3 at 5:30 p.m. to hear from candidates about their interest in town government.

The council’s regular monthly meeting will be held that same evening, starting at 6 p.m.

Recorder Jeff Palmer said he expects the council to go into closed session to evaluate the candidates and will then return to open session in order to appoint two council members. New council members could be sworn in that night and take their seats on the council immediately.

Candidate letters can be dropped off at Paw Paw Town Hall, located at 122 Winchester Street. For additional information, contact Town Hall at 304-947-7476.