Failure of governing body to fill vacancy in membership of governing body. If a governing body shall fail or decline to fill a vacancy in the membership of
the governing body by appointment as provided in N.J.S.40A:16-4 or 40A:16-5 within the time prescribed by N.J.S.40A:16-12, the office shall remain vacant for the remainder of the term or until the election
and qualification of a successor, as the case may be.
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