ATTLEBORO — Mayor Paul Heroux has found a gap in mayoral succession as laid out in the city charter which would have an impact if he is elected sheriff of Bristol County in November or if some terrible accident should befall him.

The charter does not account for the eight to 10 weeks it would take to hold a special election if he or some other mayor were to resign or die creating a permanent vacancy with more than nine months to go in his or her term.

George W. Rhodes can be reached at 508-236-0432.