Black River Falls officials forgot about their 2018 mayoral race.

The city announced this week that the election for mayor won’t appear on the April 3 ballot after the city failed to include the mayoral race in its spring election notice.

Mayor Jay Eddy said confusion over the length of the mayor’s term led to the omission.

“I thought I had a four-year term and I never said anything,” Eddy said. The term for mayor is two years.

Black River Falls city administrator Brad Chown acknowledged the oversight.

“None of us caught it,” he said.

The oversight will create a vacancy when the Black River Falls City Council meets April 17. The council is likely to make a temporary appointment until a special election can be held.

Chown said the earliest date a mayoral election could coincide with a regularly scheduled election is Nov. 6. He anticipates the council will pick the Nov. 6 option.

“If it’s held in November, there is no additional cost to the city,” Chown said.

Eddy was elected unopposed to his first term in 2016, and no candidates had expressed interest in running in 2018. He said Black River Falls has a “weak mayor” system and doesn’t anticipate any disruption of city operations.

“It’s not like I have a lot of power,” Eddy said. “I preside over council meetings, appoint commissioners and sign checks. It’s unfortunate, and it’s not like anybody wanted this to happen, but it won’t be difficult to correct.”

The council has announced a March 15 deadline for interested mayoral applicants, and Eddy has already submitted a letter saying he wants to continue as mayor.


Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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