9-232. Council; qualifications of members; oath; selection of mayor; vacancy

A. A person shall not be a member of a city or town council unless, at the time of the election, the person is eighteen years old, is a qualified elector residing within the city or town and has resided in the city or town for at least one year next preceding the election, or if an area has been annexed to the city or town for a period of less than one year next preceding the election has resided in such area for at least one year next preceding the election. If an annexed area is subject to the provisions of this subsection, a person may meet the residency requirements if the person has resided within the existing limits of the city or town for the one-year period.

B. Every member of the council shall hold the office for the term of two years, except the members of the council first appointed, and before entering on the duties of the office, the member shall take and subscribe the oath of office.

C. Except for a common council organized as prescribed by section 9-232.04, the common council shall assemble within twenty days after their appointment or election, and choose a mayor from among their number.

D. If a member of the council, at any time during the member's term of office, ceases to be a qualified elector of the city or town or ceases to reside in the city or town, the council seat held by the member is deemed vacant.  The council seat shall be filled in the same manner as any vacancy on the council.  On request, the county attorney for the county in which the city or town is located shall investigate and determine whether a vacancy exists pursuant to this subsection.