There’s one other unusual twist within the saga of late Oceanside Metropolis Treasurer Gary Ernst, who gained re-election Nov. eight regardless of dying weeks earlier: He may need been ineligible for the submit.
His opponent within the election, lawyer and group activist Nadine Scott, alleged Wednesday that Ernst didn’t stay within the metropolis and was subsequently ineligible to run for the workplace.
She pointed to a number of elements, together with that when Ernst filed election papers in July he listed his handle as one which matches the Oceanside assisted-dwelling facility the place his mom lives.
Regardless of Scott’s claims, the Oceanside Metropolis Council voted unanimously Wednesday to certify the election outcomes, declare the town treasurer place vacant and start the method of appointing somebody to the publish.
Metropolis officers introduced Ernst’s demise in a Sept. 23 information launch. Individuals who knew him stated he suffered from diabetes and had been ill.
As a result of he died after the printing deadline for the November election had handed, Ernst’s identify remained on the poll. Within the weeks that adopted, Councilman Jerry Kern urged residents to vote for Ernst, arguing that Scott wasn’t certified for the job.
As proof that Ernst was ineligible, Scott on Wednesday referenced an election doc Ernst signed in July declaring his tackle as 322 Keyport St. in Oceanside. That tackle belongs to Blue Skies Oceanside, an elder care facility the place his mom lives.
“Mr. Ernst didn’t stay in Oceanside and was utilizing his mom’s relaxation house handle on his official documentation. That makes him ineligible to serve,” Scott stated.
Lauren Delancey, the proprietor of Blue Skies of Oceanside, stated Wednesday that Ernst didn’t reside there, and that he lived in a condominium in Carlsbad.
Scott stated at Wednesday’s assembly that she additionally believed Ernst lived in Carlsbad, the place he was discovered lifeless in a residence.
Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy confirmed that the physique was present in a Carlsbad house, however stated he didn’t know whether or not Ernst lived there.
Kern stated after Wednesday’s assembly the house might have belong to Ernst’s mom and that within the treasurer’s previous couple of months of life “he was out and in of care amenities.”
Kern added that the place Ernst lived was a moot level.
“He’s lifeless, he’s gone,” Kern stated. “We’ve began the appointment course of. It’s not going to vary the result that he’s nonetheless lifeless and we’ve a vacant place that we’re filling.”
Throughout Wednesday’s council assembly, Councilwoman Esther Sanchez — who endorsed Scott within the election — made a movement to nominate her treasurer, however the movement died when no different council members supported the motion.
Sanchez later voted in favor of beginning the appointment course of after asking if Scott was eligible to use. Metropolis Lawyer John Mullen stated that Scott was eligible.
Metropolis Clerk Zack Beck stated having a particular election to decide on a brand new treasurer would value taxpayers about $500,000.
Ernst gained fifty two % of the vote within the election and Scott gained forty eight %.
A number of metropolis officers have stated they could think about making the treasurer an appointed place somewhat than an elected one. This would be the third time the council appoints the treasurer in recent times.
Ernst, a sixty one-yr-previous mortgage dealer, was chosen in 2010 from amongst eight individuals who utilized to finish the time period of Gary Felien, who had been elected to the Metropolis Council. Ernst was later elected to the treasurer’s publish in 2012. Throughout that election cycle he listed his tackle as a apartment on Harbor Cliff Means in Oceanside.
Felien had been appointed metropolis treasurer in 2009, after the demise of longtime Metropolis Treasurer Rosemary Jones.
Anybody fascinated by making use of for the submit can decide up an software on the Metropolis Clerk’s workplace at Metropolis Corridor or obtain one from the clerk’s workplace web site the place it is going to be posted quickly, Beck stated.
The deadline to submit the appliance is Jan. 7. The Metropolis Council will interview candidates at Council Chambers on Jan. eleven.