1. The state or fact of a lack of occupancy in an office, post, or piece of property. [Cases: Officers and Public Employees 55. C.J.S. Officers and Public Employees ¡ì¡ì 100¨C102.]
2. The time during which an office, post, or piece of property is not occupied.
3. An unoccupied office, post, or piece of property; an empty place. ? Although the term sometimes refers to an office or post that is temporarily filled, the more usual reference is to an office or post that is unfilled even temporarily. An officer’s misconduct does not create a vacancy even if a suspension occurs; a vacancy, properly speaking, does not occur until the officer is officially removed.