JUNE 6, 2006 -- The Wilmington City Council voted Tuesday night to fill the vacant seat.
They chose J.C. Hearne to fill the position until the next election. Hearne will step in as Bill Saffo prepares to take his new title as mayor of Wilmington. Saffo becomes mayor July 11. He will replace current Mayor Spence Broadhurst, who is moving to Greensboro for a job promotion.
Hearne will serve on the council until the November 7 election. He previously served on the council from 1997-2001.