Barkly Regional Council is about to appoint their own councillor to a vacancy in a move which may have implications for Katherine council as well.
Barkly's Mayor Steve Edgington was elected to the NT's Parliament in August and has since been replaced by Jeffrey McLaughlin via a council ballot.
Now the council is moving to fill Mr Edgington's vacancy on the council.
As there is not enough time for a by-election until next year's August local government elections, council have asked people to nominate themselves for the vacancy.
Barkly council will "judge" the written nominations and vote on an appointment themselves.
In Katherine, long-serving Mayor Fay Miller has indicated she is standing down because of health reasons on November 30.
Like Barkly, there is not enough time for a by-election, so the council will elect one of the alderman to replace her.
At this stage, the favourite for the job is deputy Mayor Peter Gazey, who is acting as Mayor this month while Mayor Miller is on leave.
So like Barkly, the council will still be reduced by one and can look at a replacement.
At Barkly, it is relying on the Local Government Act "Elected Members Casual Vacancy Policy on the filling of a casual vacancy that occurs between six months and 18 months of the next general election.
Barkly has today asked people to fill in nomination forms for the position.
The council "shall give due consideration" to eligibility, length of residence and demonstrated interest in community affairs.
The council may ask potential councillors to make a short presentation to the council.
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