JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist is continuing his search for a Ward V representative after former Councilman Grant Olson’s official decision to decline his election this month.
WNY News Now spoke to Sundquist following a City Council meeting earlier this week. He explains that, legally, he couldn’t fill the seat prior to Monday evening.
“Under the election law, Mr. Olson has until the first day of the oath of office, which would’ve been today to sign that, to take his seat,” Sundquist said. “So we can’t really select or put anyone in that spot until Mr. Olson has failed to sign his oath of office. At that point, the City Clerk will then notify the City Council and the Mayor’s office that it was not signed and filed, and then we’ll start the process of looking for a replacement to fill that seat.”
Sundquist says that he’ll continue to consult with the the city’s GOP in an effort to find Olson’s replacement. Olson announced last year that he would not serve in 2022, citing personal and professional opportunities.
Olson’s replacement will be the third newest member of the Council this term. Councilmen Randy Daversa and Andrew Faulkner were elected to the body in the 2021 election.