Using their voting prerogative to elect a write-in candidate, residents suggested a local named Stubbs as their next leader.
Fifteen years later, Mayor Stubbs is still in charge of the 900-person town - although some of the locals complain he's their laziest mayor yet.
Stubbs, a ginger part-Manx cat, has done little for local politics, but he's vastly improved the town's tourism prospects.
Since his inauguration, around 40 people a day flock to Nagley's General Store, where Mayor Stubbs enjoys his afternoon catnip in a wine glass.
The tech savvy feline even has his own Facebook page, which currently boasts nearly 2,000 subscribers - more than the average American teenager.
Best of all, the pint-sized politician has yet to embarrass the town with a salacious sex scandal, preferring instead to hang out at the general store and greet his constituents.
Neutering politicians? Now that's paws for thought...
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"I'd like to propose a new bylaw reducing the tax on catnip"