Question: Must the son of a rabbi be given the job of shul rabbi upon the death of his father or may a shul search for the best candidate that may or may not include a rabbi who is the son of its now deceased rabbi?
Answer: There is great rabbinic dispute regrding this matter. The Chatam Sofer himself has two different answers to the dilemma in his teshuvot. I think that the prevailing opinion is that all things being equal a son should be able to take over his father's rabbinic position. The problem is that rarely are all things equal. Thanks for writing.