According to the Morning Call O’Connell was selected after 12 rounds of voting by city council.
O’Connell’s selection took 12 rounds of voting partially because of concerns over whether he could take the office. City Solicitor Dan McCarthy advised the council that the person to replace Pawlowski could not have held a job in the city within the last year. O’Connell was Council President until January.
O’Connell will serve as Mayor until 2019, when the voters will elect a Mayor to serve until 2021 which was the end of Pawlowski’s term.
Pawlowski resigned after he was convicted on 47 counts in a federal corruption probe.