|Council Elects New President and Mayor|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Sunday, 23 February 2014 17:53|
Tipp City Council members voted unanimously to elect Pat Hale as mayor and Joe Gibson as the council president for the next two years.
The votes came during Monday’s first council meeting of 2014.
Hale, who was elected to a third, four-year council term in November, was not at the meeting. Instead he was in Denver and unable to fly home because of the inclement weather, council was told.
Gibson was elected to a second, four-year term in November. As council president, he will preside over council’s meetings.
Gibson, who abstained from the vote, thanked fellow council members for selecting him president. “I just wanted to thank my fellow council members for your confidence you’ve placed in me,” he said.
“I will work very hard to do what I can to make sure council meetings are run in a good manner and that things are in proper order with each meeting. I also hope that we will have a good term in terms of being able to get things done and in being able to reach a consensus,” Gibson said.
Council also thanked John Kessler for his service as council president the past two years and Dee Gillis for her two, two-year terms as mayor that just ended. She could not seek a third consecutive term under the city charter.
Gibson and other council members thanked Gillis for all she has done for city as mayor. “It’s a great service that you provided for Tipp City,” said Councilman Mike McDermott. She was recognized with a round of applause.
“It has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life and I have enjoyed every minute of it. And, I am sure Pat will do the same,” Gillis said.
The council also welcomed new member Matt Owen, who was elected in November. He was sworn in by Law Director David Caldwell as were Gibson and Katelyn Berbach, who also was re-elected in November.
Owen said he is looking forward to “serving with this group.”
In other business Monday council approved a pay increase for Caldwell, his first since being hired in January 2012. Caldwell’s pay was increased by 2 percent to $41,482.
Council also heard the first reading of an ordinance to appropriate $100,000 to a new budget line item in the city general fund community and economic development department.
Council agreed to set aside money in the fund for use, if needed, as a development incentive. The specific use would have to be approved by council. A final vote on the ordinance will be taken at council’s next meeting.
In other business, council made the annual appointments to various city boards, committees and commissions. Members also thanked residents who volunteer to serve on those panels.