Is there a time limit within which vacancies on a municipal governing bodies must be filled?
No, there is no time limit specified in the statutes for filling a
vacancy on the common council or village board. In previous opinions we
have suggested that vacancies on the governing body should be filled
within a reasonable time. It makes sense to fill a vacancy as soon as
practicable because an unfilled vacancy can, under certain
circumstances, make it difficult for a governing body to conduct
business. For example, an unfilled vacancy combined with absent members
can make it difficult for the body to obtain a quorum. Similarly, an
unfilled vacancy can make it difficult to take action on matters
requiring the affirmative vote of two-thirds or one-half of the members
of the body.