Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014
Carbondale City Council Prepares to Select New Mayor
CARBONDALE -- The face of Carbondale, or rather the mustache, is about to change. Mayor Joel Fritzler will move to Arizona more than a year before his term ends. It means someone else will have to fill the position in the interim.
"This is the first time I've experienced, and I don't know if anybody on the current council has experienced, replacing a sitting mayor," says council member Lee Fronabarger.
So who will be the next mayor? According to the city attorney, choosing the next mayor is pretty simple. State statute dictates city council members elect one of their own to step up.
Out of the six city council members, only two have voiced interest in the job: Don Monty and Jane Adams. Both are retired and have served the council for about two and a half years. Adams says she wants to foster more cooperation on the council.
"I think there is a lot of that needs to happen in the city and that the council really needs to be activated as a body that can talk amongst itself," explains Adams.
Monty is touting his 40-plus years of service to Carbondale.
"I'm pretty familiar with the concerns of the community and how the city government operates. And I think that of the current council members, I'm probably the one in the best position to carry things forward until the new mayor is elected."
City Attorney Mike Kimmel says once the acting mayor is chosen, that person will choose to either resign their council position, so a new member can join, or keep both positions and restrict the council to six members.
"It would be nice to have the seven people, full, so we can talk to each other. And that way you won't have as many tie votes," says Fronabarger.
But that, too, will be decided on Tuesday. The council meeting is at 7:30 p.m. The new acting mayor will serve until the next city election in spring 2015.
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