Atlantic City Councilmen Bruce Ward is asking the state Superior Court to declare the Office of the Mayor vacant, which would permit City Council President William Marsh to assume the position of acting mayor.
Mayor Bob Levy signed seven ordinances and then disappeared from public view on Wednesday, September 26, amid rumors that the federal government is investigating his service record benefits. His attorney, Edwin Jacobs, has said that Levy is in an undisclosed medical facility.
Two days after Levy vanished, Business Administrator Domenic Capella issued a memo declaring himself the acting mayor. But Ward said that with nothing in writing from Levy, Capella’s declaration is unsatisfactory.
"He’s the Al Haig of Atlantic City," Ward said of Capella, likening the business administrator to the former Secretary of State under President Ronald Regan who famously said, "I’m in charge here."
Ward said as a councilman, citizen and the only attorney on the governing body, he felt obligated to step forward and request the court’s intervention.
"The mysterious disappearance of Mayor Levy is now a national news story causing significant embarrassment and exposing the city to unwarranted risk," said Ward. "Other efforts underway to determine the legally sufficient transfer of authority have yet to resolve the ongoing dilemma. The office is vacant and we have to resolve this."