Century To Appoint New Council Member Tuesday; Here’s How To Be Considered

September 18, 2023

Century residents interested in a temporary appointment to the town council have until Tuesday to express their interest to serve.

Ben Boutwell resigned as mayor on August 22. Then on August 28, Luis Gomez, Jr. resigned from his seat after being appointed interim mayor.

On  Tuesday, September 19, the council will appoint a new interim council member. Any resident interested in an appointment to office through November 11 is asked to call the town hall at (850) 256-3208 on Monday or Tuesday to express interest. The appointee must be a registered voter in the town.

Special Election

A special primary election will be held on Tuesday, October 17 in a contest with three or more candidates. If that necessitates a runoff, it will be held during the general election.

The general election in a contest with only two candidates will be held on Wednesday, November 1 (along with any necessary runoff).

Candidates may qualify at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 213 Palafox Place in Pensacola from 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26 through noon on Friday, September 29 and at Century Town Hall from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on September 27.

An registered voter in the Town of Century can qualify. A candidate for mayor must have resided in the town for six months prior to qualification date, but there is no previous residency requirement for council. The qualification fee for town council is $50; the qualification fee for mayor is $126.32.

The office of mayor pays $10,131.98 annually, while a council member is paid $3,714.92 each year.

The oath of office will be held on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11 at 10 a.m.


9 Responses to “Century To Appoint New Council Member Tuesday; Here’s How To Be Considered”

  1. IMHO on September 19th, 2023 10:22 am

    If Henru Hawkins is asked to serve on the Council y’all get what you deserve!

  2. So Sad in Century on September 19th, 2023 8:56 am

    WE DO NOT WANT HENRY HAWKINS BACK DOING ANYTHING!!! He was a terrible mayor and we have had more than enough of him! Gomez is even worse so we need new leaders that truly care about Century that are really qualified!!

  3. JDR on September 18th, 2023 6:53 pm

    Hawkins was a terrible mayor, will be a terrible town manager, so no we should not ask him. But then again Gomez was a terribly dumb council member and look where he is now at least temporarily. Geez can this circus get anymore crazy, probably so everyone stay tuned.

  4. CF on September 18th, 2023 6:45 pm

    Century should look no further than Escambia County, and ask to have the Century governing body removed. And the charter revoked.

  5. Mary Williams on September 18th, 2023 4:21 pm

    Century does not have to look no further than Pensacola to find someone uniquely qualified and experienced as a mayor to help keep this town running during the interim. Henry Hawkins, who served as Century mayor and loss this position by only 21 votes to Ben Boutwell, is the only person who should be considered to fill the interim position as town manager. I’m wondering why no one has nominated him yet. I would think that the prudent decision would be to invite Mr. Hawkins to return and assist the town during this period. No outsider could manage this job as well as someone who has done it for more than 4 years. I would hope that the town council and residents will recognize that a critical decision must be made in the best interest of the town, not their egos or politics. Who will demonstrate true leadership by publicly extending an invitiation to Mr. Hawkins to help? Meanwhile, Century residents who want to vote in the primary must be registered by the end of the day on Sept. 18. Today, the 18th, is the last day to register to vote in the primary. It is the day before the National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 19. Century voters will get to select a new mayor and a new councilmember in the general election on Nov. 1, 2023, if more than one person qualifies for each of the positions. But Century residents should be registered to vote so they can have a voice.

  6. Tasia on September 18th, 2023 2:47 pm

    A waste of time. I have yet to see someone in those seats that truly care about Century and the residents in that town.

  7. Graham on September 18th, 2023 2:29 pm

    If I resided in Century I would absolutely do this…just for the free entertainment

  8. tg on September 18th, 2023 10:20 am

    Everyone is seated at the phone bank and the phone is not ringing.

  9. Thomas Paine on September 18th, 2023 7:04 am

    Expect Gomez to attempt to appoint someone in his orbit if possible.

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