Mayor Williams Alters Seating Configuration; Bates, Clements Re-elected Chair, Vice Chair

Updated 1 year ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Mayor Steve Williams
Mayor Steve Williams

2013 brought  new council members, a new Mayor, and a new arrangement for Huntington City Council.

Having previously discussed the alteration with council, Mayor Steve Williams has taken the Mayor’s seat away from the council table. Noting that the Mayor on the left end and City Attorney on the right end had its origin under the City Manager form of government, Williams stressed there are “council meetings,” not “mayor and council meetings.”

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.

Councilman David Ball seated next to City Clerk Barbara Nelson
Councilman David Ball seated next to City Clerk Barbara Nelson

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.

Mayor Williams Alters Seating Configuration; Bates, Clements Re-elected Chair, Vice Chair

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.

 

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