Destin officials seek candidates for council seat vacated by Skip Overdier
DESTIN — City officials are accepting applications until 5 p.m. May 12 from Destin residents who are interested in filling the City Council seat vacated by Skip Overdier on Friday.
Overdier resigned because he and his wife are moving to Texas. He was elected to the council in 2018 to a four-year term, which expires in November 2022.
“I’ll always treasure the time I spent here and hope each and every one of you continue to do the good things you do for this community," Overdier said at his final council meeting last week. "It’s folks like you that make this the special place that it is.”
Destin City Manager Lance Johnson noted, “Skip has served the community well and it was a pleasure serving alongside him. He always worked with council and staff for the betterment of this city, and we will miss his leadership.”
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Destin council will first seek temporary member
Destin’s city charter states that when a council seat is vacated a new member must be elected no sooner than 60 days and no longer than 90 days from the date it becomes empty, according to information from city spokeswoman Catherine Card.
At Monday’s council meeting, Johnson said the city can fill the vacant seat on a temporary basis before it is filled permanently.
After some discussion, the council agreed to advertise the open seat. On May 17, the council plans to hear brief presentations from interested candidates and then appoint, by majority vote, a temporary council member.
The temporary member will be sworn in at the June 21 council meeting.
The city then plans to have a special election, conducted by the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Office, on July 20. The temporary council member will serve on the board until the permanent member is elected by a majority vote of city voters.
Destin officials will work with county Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux to set the candidate qualifying period and determine whether early voting will occur in the special election.
The candidate chosen by voters in the special election will be sworn in on Aug. 2 and will serve until the November 2022 election.
Mayor Gary Jarvis, who does not have general voting power on the council, did not attend Monday’s meeting.
Council members do not receive a city salary but do receive reimbursements for certain expenses, such as city business-related travel costs.