BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (WPMI) Bayou La Batre Mayor Stan Wright refused to step down when he was federally indicted, but now after his conviction, he doesn’t have a choice.
By law, Wright is no longer mayor and city council has 60 days as of last Friday to select a new mayor.
City council could nominate a council member or another qualified candidate in town. The nominee would need three votes from council to win the position.
If the city council cannot make a decision within 60 days, Governor Robert Bentley must appoint someone within 30 days. City council members can recommend candidates to the governor.
If the governor does not appoint someone, a special election will be held in which any qualified candidate can get their name on the ballot.
Wright’s challenger Henry Barnes lost by a margin of 12 votes in November’s election. Barnes told Local 15 he would like to be considered for the position, but it would be up to the city council to nominate him.