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Mayor Williams Alters Seating Configuration; Bates, Clements Re-elected Chair, Vice Chair
Thus, similar to former Mayor Kim Wolfe often designating a departmental spokesperson, “Mayor Steve” will sit in the first row with administrative staff and department heads. When council members have a question, they will “invite” input. Williams will then either comment himself or designate an administration member to speak.
Calling the council meeting, “ for your deliberation. It’s inappropriate for other branches of government to inject into debate without being invited,” Williams said.
Admitting that “change sometimes can be a little bit awkward,” Williams suggested “trying it for a quarter. If it does not work, I will come back and sit wherever you want me to sit.” He continued, “I’m the Mayor, I’m not your city manager. If you look historically, that’s how that seat ended up sitting right there.” Williams added, “I’m looking forward to working with each of you making your district prosper and bringing the city forward. It will not be me doing anything. We all will be doing it together and encouraging our constituents and others from outside the community to come into the field of play and prosper. My job is to make sure that we have the resources to do it.”
Mark Bates and Sandra Clements were re-elected as chairperson and vice chairperson of council without opposition and by unanimous consent.
Following the election, Bates allowed council member to address the public.
Joyce Clark expressed hope that “we will work together agreeably” and “not take differences of opinion personally.”
The note of positive movement continued as David Ball described “an excitement in the air.”
Sandra Clements took the opportunity to thank the new Mayor for the “inclusive inauguration” at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center.