ATLANTIC CITY — City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday night to vote on a new mayor.

The governing body will consider three names — Interim Mayor Marty Small Sr., Pamela Thomas-Fields and Gwendolyn Callaway-Lewis — to serve an unexpired term until Dec. 31, 2020. Atlantic City will residents will vote in November 2020 for a mayor to serve a full four-year term.

The special meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall.

Former Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. resigned Oct. 3 after pleading guilty to a single count of wire fraud in U.S. District Court earlier in the day. Small, who was and still, technically, is council president, was sworn in as interim mayor the next day.

The Atlantic City Democratic Committee unanimously nominated the three potential mayoral candidates last week at a special meeting. Thomas-Fields and Callaway-Lewis both said they supported Small becoming mayor.

Small is running unopposed to represent the city’s 2nd Ward in November’s general election, where all six ward seats are up for election. Small cannot hold both public offices at once, and said he would resign from council if elected mayor. The six members of the city Democratic Committee who live in the 2nd Ward will nominate three names to fill the unexpired term once the seat is vacated.

Gilliam, who was sworn in as mayor in January 2018, admitted to defrauding a youth basketball program that he co-founded out of more than $87,000 over a five-year period.

He is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 7, 2020.

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I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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