NC to set date of swearing-in today |

NC to set date of swearing-in today

It is still unclear when Nevada City’s newly elected officials will be sworn in.

It could be Monday, it could be Tuesday, or it could be April 23.

Nevada City City Attorney Jim Anderson said Wednesday he wants to talk to the state Attorney General’s Office before making a final decision. He expects to make the decision today.

Mayor Kerry Arnett was re-elected to the City Council in the March 5 election. He will be joined on the council by Conley Weaver, chairman of the Planning Commission.

In the treasurer’s race, Niel Locke defeated incumbent Logan “Gene” Downing.

The results were certified March 28.

Under state law, the next City Council could be seated Tuesday or April 23, Anderson said.

After the last election, winners were sworn in on a Monday. The City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

“For some reason, state law says ‘Tuesday,'” said Anderson, who researched the Election Code after Downing, who was elected in June 1998, said his term ends in June.

Downing said Wednesday he has not received an answer to his query.

The situation baffles Councilman David McKay.

“I believe that we shouldn’t be messing around with things,” he said Tuesday, referring to the swearing-in of the new City Council members.

The City Council will name the new mayor and vice mayor once it is seated. Under city rules, Arnett cannot serve as mayor again, because he has already been appointed mayor two years in a row.

Weaver will replace Councilman Pat Dyer, who decided not to run for re-election. The other members of the council are Steve Cottrell and Tom Balch, the current vice mayor.

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