Sioux Center mayor Dennis Walstra

Sioux Center mayor Dennis Walstra (center) died Sunday, May 26, after a few month battle with Stage 3 lung cancer.

SIOUX CENTER—The Sioux Center City Council plans to discuss the next steps in filling its mayor position during its next meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 30.

City administrator Scott Wynja said the council will take no action but plans to discuss filling the mayoral seat, left vacant by Dennis Walstra’s death on Sunday, May 26.

Wynja said in talking with city attorney Brian Van Engen, the council has two options: appoint someone to fill the mayor seat or call for a special election.

“Denny would have been up for election next fall, so the council may lean toward appointing someone to the position,” Wynja said.

If someone would be appointed as mayor, that person would have to decide if they wanted to run again for the position next fall.

If the council decides to appoint someone to the role as mayor, the community could petition for a special election to be held instead.

“Now if, for example, our mayor pro-tem Randy Vreugdenhil would be appointed as mayor, then that would leave a city council position open also,” Wynja said.

The council also would have the same two options: appoint someone to fill the council seat or call for a special election.

If the council decides to appoint someone to the council seat, the community also could petition for a special election to be held instead.

“This all came so sudden,” Wynja said. “I was texting with the mayor just last week Wednesday even and talking with the family on Saturday. This is a devastating loss to our community.”