Divide on Shawnee city council leaves president role unfilled after mayor declines to break tie

Ellis Rainey (right), Shawnee city attorney, explains procedure for electing a council president and vice chair. Mayor Michelle Distler (left) declined to break the tie when the council votes were split on the positions.

The Shawnee city council on Monday couldn’t agree on electing a council president or vice chair for council committee.

The council considered three nominations for the council president, and all three failed on a 4-4 split vote. The same thing happened with the vice chair position — three nominations which all failed on a 4-4 split.