Following a two month council vacancy debate after the resignation of Tito Ortiz, a citizen driven commission will review the charter to recommend changes on how to fill future vacancies.
Cities across the county have grappled with how to fill an empty seat on the dais in recent years — sparking debates over a special election or an appointment to fill the vacancy.
A special election would cost the city $1 million and the city has less than two weeks to appoint someone before voters can decide by default.
The Cypress City Council is also looking to fill a vacancy by appointment.
The former UFC heavyweight champion said he quit because it “wasn’t working for me” and because he feared for his family’s safety.
In 2020, Ortiz won the most votes in city history but the UFC hall of famer has also sparked concerns over refusal to wear a mask.
Almost two months into his term, the former UFC champion may receive a vote of no confidence from other Council members.
Bolton will finish out more than a three year term vacated by Tito Ortiz in June.
Residents may get to decide if they want to give up their power to directly elect three city official positions including the city attorney. Critics call the move political.
At least six OC city council members have given up their seats last year as well as one County Board of Education trustee.