BY DORIS TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The Centennial city council Monday night selected Mike Sutherland, a council member from District 3, in the middle of the city, as its mayor pro tem, after debating whether it is necessary to select someone to fill the office.
At one point in the meeting, at least three different council members (Cathy Turley and Tammy Mauer, in addition to Sutherland) were nominated for the position, in which a member of council is elected from among those serving on council, to take the mayor’s place and run the council meeting or other function when the mayor cannot be present.
Councilwoman Candace Moon had suggested that the selection of the mayor pro tem should be put off “indefinitely.”
City Attorney Robert Widner explained to the council that the purpose of having a mayor pro tem is to fill a “gap” when the elected mayor cannot be at a meeting or other function.
Since, after discussion there was only one candidate for the position, Widner said it was not necessary for the council to vote on the issue.
Sutherland, who thanked the council for the “vote of confidence,” was sworn in by the recently appointed municipal judge for the city, Louis Gresh, who also swore in the newly elected council members.
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