- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton got married over the weekend and, while he’s away for his honeymoon, the city will have seven different people serving in the mayor’s office in seven days’ time.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/20QvnKY) Shelton signed an order last week designating that each member of the city council will serve as mayor - each on a specific day.

Shelton’s absence means he’ll miss the annual Elvis Fest, which begins Thursday and ends Saturday. Council member Buddy Palmer will offer an official welcome to festival-goers on Friday - his day as mayor.

City Communications Director Leesha Faulkner said Tupelo Chief Operations Officer Don Lewis will remain on the job throughout the week.

Under a mayor-council form of government, which Tupelo has, state statute dictates what happens in case of a mayor’s absence.

According to statute, “When the mayor shall be prevented by absence from the municipality, disability or other cause from attending to the duties of his office, the mayor shall appoint a member of the council to assume the duties of the mayor. However, any acting mayor so appointed shall retain his right to vote in the council.”

City attorney Ben Logan noted under his interpretation of the statute, an acting mayor could issue a veto of a council action.

However, he noted that because of separation of powers concerns, matters could prove murky if the acting mayor voted on a matter that he or she subsequently vetoed.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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