The Oelwein city council has filled the open mayor’s position. At last night’s special council meeting, the council voted to make an appointment to fill the mayoral seat, vacated by Jason Manus, who resigned after being charged with sexually abusing two girls.

After long discussion over the options of making an appointment or calling for a special election, the council moved to make an appointment to fill the seat. Mayor Pro-tem Peggy Sherrets was then named to the post. The council also then moved to make an appointment to fill Sherret’s council seat, and named Ted Malget to fill it until the next regular election, which comes up in a little over a year.

Residents still may petition for a special election to fill the two seats; 157 signatures would be needed.

(Reporting by Roger King, KOEL, Oelwein)