The City Council took about three minutes to accept the resignation of Councilman Ronald V. Twitchell and appoint his replacement Tuesday night.

Bruce Hough, who has been heading the city's economic development committee, will serve the remainder of this year but will have the advantage of incumbency if he decides to seek election to the council this fall.Mayor Theron B. Hutchings started the council meeting by announcing Twitchell's resignation, which was submitted to Hutchings March 7 but never formally presented to the council during an open session. Hutchings said the council members had met and interviewed replacements and were ready to name a replacement once the resignation was formally accepted.

Hutchings later said the council discussed replacements during a closed council meeting that was called to discuss other city personnel matters. He said notice of that meeting was posted as required by law, but no media representatives were contacted because the city's legal counsel didn't think that was necessary.

"It's a council function to name a replacement, and we discussed people we thought might be interested," Hutchings said. "Our legal counsel told us that the council was required to name a replacement within 30 days after formally accepting the resignation, and we met that guideline."

Hutchings said interviews were conducted with no more than two council members present at any given time to prevent violation of the open meetings law. He said the council reached a unanimous consensus on Hough's selection.