Salina Vice-Mayor Position Becomes Issue
KSAL Staff - April 18, 2016 8:58 pm
The Salina City Commission. From left, Karl Ryan, Kaye Crawford, Jon Blanchard, Trent Davis, and Randall Hardy.
Salina has a new mayor and vice-mayor, but not before there was a little drama Monday evening at the Salina City Commission Meeting.
The commission reorganized Monday evening, as it annually does. Commissioner Kaye Crawford was selected unanimously as the new mayor. Eventually commissioner Karl Ryan was elected vice-mayor, but not on a first vote.
Typically a commissioner serving a four year team is elected as vice-mayor. The vice-mayor then typically is next in line to be mayor.
Vice-Mayor Crawford was selected as mayor, as anticipated. If the commission followed tradition, Commissioner Karl Ryan would be next up as vice-mayor. Ryan was unable to attend the meeting, though.
After a motion was made for Ryan to be the next vice-mayor, commissioners Blanchard and Randal Hardy would not initially support it. The board was split by a 2 – 2 vote.
Blanchard, the outgoing mayor, indicated that he would like to give Hardy, whom is serving a two-year-term, a chance to be mayor. Eventually the board reconsidered, and Ryan was elected vice-mayor for a 12 month period.
Because of a change in state law, the term of the mayor and vice-mayor could have been an extra 9 months, for this time only, lasting until January of 2018. The state law moved local elections, which are currently held in April, instead to November beginning in 2017. Elected city officials will take over in the following January.
In approving one-year-terms for the position of mayor and vice mayor, next April those elected to the position will not serve a full year, instead only about 9 months, until January.
Commissioners were told that they are not required to necessarily choose the vice-mayor as the next mayor.
Crawford is the 84th Mayor of Salina. Of this 84, nine have been women.