PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - The process of filling recently recalled Portsmouth Mayor JamesHolley's seat took a step forward this week.
Circuit Court Judge Dean W. Sword, Jr. entered a Writ ofElection Tuesday. A writ of election is a writ issued by thegovernment ordering the holding of a special election for apolitical office.
According to the Portsmouth Clerk of Court, the City Attorney'sOffice had to request that the courts issue a writ of election tofill the vacancy for former Mayor Holley's seat.
The writ will be delivered to the city attorney, the generalregistrar and the secretary of the local electoral board, who willthen notify the State Board of Elections.
The Portsmouth Electoral Board certified the votes from a July13 recall election, making it official that James Holley is nolonger mayor of the city.
The Portsmouth City Council gathered for a closed door meetingthe following day to discuss who to select as interim mayor, beforea new mayor is elected in November. City Council said itwill name an interim mayor on Tuesday, July 27.
The recall effort began with a round of complaints from one ofHolley's former assistants, who said he created a hostile workenvironment. The City Council voted to ask Mayor Holley to resign,and when he refused, a petition drive was initiated to force Holleyout.
This is the second time Mayor Holley has been recalled, but isthe end of a political career that spans 42 years.
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