The Soldotna City Council announced Wednesday during a brief special meeting a vacancy in the office of the mayor. Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche’s resignation was effective as of 5 p.m.
The council declared an April 2 special election to replace Micciche. The interim mayor will serve for the remainder of Micciche’s term, which expires on Oct. 2014. Vice Mayor Brenda Hartman will handle mayoral duties until a new mayor is elected.
Micciche personally requested Hartman to fill the role.
“I feel I have a great team to back me up, and I will fill the position as best I can,” Hartman said after the meeting.
April is the earliest the city can hold its special election. It filed a pre-clearance application with the United States Department of Justice. The application ensures no election rules have been broken, and the national agency has 90 days to review it.
Micciche is transitioning to serve in the Alaska State Senate. During last year’s Republican state primary, he defeated former Sen. Tom Wagoner, who had served in the Senate since 2003.
“I look forward to see what he does in Juneau,” said Council Member Regina Daniels.
Micciche did not attend Tuesday’s meeting. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 23.