City Councilor-At-Large Justin McLaughlin submitted his letter of resignation to the City Clerk last Thursday, that vacancy could soon be filled by someone that’s no stranger to a position on the Newport City Council.

UPDATE: 3pm on February 29th – Councilor Justin McLaughlin Recinds Resignation

What’sUpNewp has confirmed that Harry Winthrop, former Newport Mayor and City Councilor-At-Large, has expressed interest in the position and has asked the remaining City Council members for their support.

During the public solicitation process, Winthrop (and any other applicant) would need support from at least members in order to be considered for the position.

Winthrop finished fifth among the seven Councilor-At-Large candidates back in the election back in November of 2014, leaving him off of the council.

McLaughlin’s resignation is effective February 29th, 2016, Newport City Council will hold a special meeting of the Council  on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the Newport Police Department to discuss the Council vacancy, process for public solicitation of applicants and issues related.

The Charter for the City Of Newport states that any vacancies arising from resignation in the membership of the Council shall be filled by four affirmative votes of the remaining members of the Council within thirty days after the Council learns of the vacancy or, in the event of a tie vote or inability to elect, the vacancy shall be filled as soon thereafter as possible by a majority vote of all the remaining members of the Council; provided, however, the Council shall provide for the public solicitation of applicants.

All seven positions on the City Council are up for re-election on November 8, 2016.

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