The death of Selectman John J. Cahalane leaves a vacancy on the board of selectmen.
Having just had its annual election in May, the town likely will hold a special election sometime in the fall to fill the vacancy.
Town Clerk Deborah F. Dami will put the request to the selectmen at their meeting scheduled for July 8.
Considering the process for opening the election, deadlines for submitting nomination papers and setting a ballot, Ms. Dami said the election will likely occur in October.
Mr. Cahalane, who sat on the board for 20 years, died last Saturday following major surgery earlier in the week. He was 72.
While no one has officially announced any type of campaign, a number of residents not currently on the board have been interested in getting on the board.
Chairman of the Mashpee Finance Committee Michael R. Richardson has pulled papers to run for selectman the last two years, but ultimately did not file his nomination papers. Mr. Richardson has served two terms on the board.
In an interview earlier this year, former finance committee member Christopher J. Avis did not rule out a bid for the town’s executive board, although he said it would likely not be in the immediate future. Mr. Avis ran unsuccesfully for the board in 2017.
Shane L. Clark, a firefighter for the Cotuit Fire Department, ran for a seat on the board but lost in a race against incumbent Selectman Carol A. Sherman in May.
Whatever the outcome, the pending special election will lead to a change on the board of selectmen for the first time since 2015, when board members Thomas F. O’Hara and John J. Cotton were elected to the board. Since then, incumbents have won reelection bids to the board.
Ms. Dami said that the elected person would serve out the one year remaining on Mr. Cahalane’s current term.
Whoever does win will have big shoes to fill as Mr. Cahalane served the town as a selectman for two decades, as well as 14 years on the Mashpee Housing Authority and several other committees, commissions and boards.
“It will be impossible to fill,” Ms. Sherman said in a recent interview about the selectman she served alongside for nine years.