Holyoke City Council to pick acting mayor on Monday

  • Holyoke City Hall, photographed from the corner of Dwight and High streets. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 4/8/2021 4:07:25 PM

HOLYOKE — Holyoke will soon have a new acting mayor after Gov. Charlie Baker signed a home rule petition Wednesday allowing Holyoke to eliminate a special election and for the City Council to select any councilor as interim mayor.

State Rep. Patricia Duffy, D-Holyoke, confirmed Wednesday that the Legislature had passed, and Baker signed, the home rule petition, which originated with the City Council. The city may now skip a costly special election to fill the mayor’s office, which Alex Morse vacated last month to take on the position of town manager in Provincetown.

The City Council has scheduled a special meeting on Monday, April 12 at 6 p.m. for a vote to appoint an acting mayor.

The city’s current acting mayor is City Council President Todd McGee, who has said he can only fill that position on a temporary basis because of a potential conflict of interest with his employer, MassMutual, and because he would be making a full-time salary while only being able to commit part-time work to the position. McGee was sworn in on March 26.

The city’s preliminary election is scheduled for Sept. 21 and the general municipal election will take place on Nov. 2.


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