The West Tisbury selectmen will call a special election for town moderator in November, following the unexpected death of longtime moderator F. Patrick Gregory this spring.

At their meeting on Wednesday this week, selectmen voted to call the election for Nov. 4.

Information for prospective candidates, including deadlines for taking out and filing nomination papers will be forthcoming, the selectmen said.

Mr. Gregory was the victim of a homicide on May 16 during a hiking trip in California. He had been the town moderator since 1991.

Town administrator Jennifer Rand said town clerk Tara Whiting serves as acting moderator until the position is filled.

This story has been corrected from an earlier version which had the wrong date for the special election.