The Republican Party has submitted paperwork to put a Republican in the office vacated last week with the death of Madison Mayor Damon Welch.

Karl Eaglin, chairman of the Republican Party in Jefferson County, said paperwork was submitted Monday to begin the process this month.

“We’ve submitted the certificate of death and sent notice that we intend to do that,” Eaglin said.

Pursuant to the city’s charter, Dan Dattilo, the council’s president and pro tempore, was sworn in as acting mayor last Wednesday shortly after the death of Welch.

However, Dattilo is a Democrat and Welch was a Republican. Therefore, the Republican Party is exercising its option of naming its own appointment to the post by caucus.

The party has 30 days to schedule that caucus and conduct its election to select a candidate. That would put the date at no later than Oct. 30.

Caucus voters will be the party’s precinct committeemen who vote in precincts for Madison city elections.

Republican Party Vice Chair Mindy McGee said that includes all or parts of 11 precincts in Jefferson County.

She declined to identify the eligible committeemen by name but noted that not all 11 precincts currently have committeemen.

Candidates who are interested in the position must notify the party to be considered at the caucus.

The person elected by the caucus will serve out Welch’s unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31, 2019.

A two-term mayor, Welch had opted not to seek a third term in office, so the city would have installed a new mayor either way starting in January 2020.

That person will be decided at the November General Election between Republican candidate Bob Courtney and Democrat Julie Berry.