KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan city councilman has lost his seat after missing more than half of the meetings in the last six months.
Jim Van Horn has been receiving treatments out of state for an illness.
The removal is automatic under the city's charter and did not require a vote of the council. Van Horn can request a hearing to contest the removal but does not intend to do so, according to a letter from City Mayor Bob Weinstein.
The council will consider a motion to begin the process of filling Van Horn's seat next week.
Van Horn was elected to the council in 2000 and served on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly from 1996 to 1999.
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