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Councilmember Madison Asks City Staff to Examine Charter Requirements For Filling Vice Mayor Position

Published on Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 1:03 pm

Days before the City Council’s organizational meeting, Councilmember Steve Madison called on staff to examine the City Charter as it pertains to the vice mayor position.

“Recent events with the passing of Councilman Kennedy sort of caused me to go back and look at the Charter and at the code and I would like our staff to be prepared next week to inform us about the selection of a vice mayor and what that would mean for the responsibilities and duties for the person and whether there’s some change to the tradition of one year to two years and I’d also be interested in knowing if there’s anything in the record about the requirements for that position or the qualifications for that position,” Madison said at the end of this past Monday’s City Council meeting.

The City Council is scheduled to select the vice mayor at Monday’s organizational meeting.

The vice mayor runs the City Council meetings in the mayor’s absence and assumes the mayorship if the mayor resigns or dies in office.

By tradition, the longest-serving Councilmember who has not served as the vice mayor rotates into the position by Council vote at the organizational meeting when new Council members are sworn in.

If that standard is followed, Councilmember Felicia Williams will serve next as vice mayor.

Williams was elected in 2020.

In the past Councilmembers had more time on City Council before being appointed vice mayor.

However, due to Councilmembers successfully running for mayor, vacancies and Council members opting not to seek reelection, more new Council members are at the dias.
Since 2020, Williams, Jess Rivas, Jason Lyon and Justin Jones now hold seats held by Margaret McAustin, Victor Gordo, Andy Wilson and John Kennedy — all longtime Councilmembers — respectively.

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