The Decatur City Commission is expected to respond quickly to the resignation of Bill Floyd, mayor since 1998 and a commission member for more than two decades.
Floyd announced Thursday he's stepping down Jan. 7 to take a job with a consulting company.
Jan. 7 is the date of the first commission meeting of 2013. The commission will pick a mayor from among their members that day.
The commission next meets Jan. 22. A message from city hall said the commission is likely to set a special election for March 19 and establish qualifying dates for candidates.
The term for Floyd's seat, representing north Decatur, runs through 2015.
Jim Baskett is the current mayor pro tem and the commission member with the second most seniority. He was first elected in November 1995.
Other members are Fred Boykin, first elected in 2001 with a term expiring in 2013; Kecia Cunningham, first elected in 1999 with a term expiring in 2015; and Patti Garrett, first elected in 2009 with a term expiring in 2013.
Other stories about Bill Floyd's resignation.
- Floyd stepping down Jan. 7.
- Reaction to Floyd's resignation.