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Springfield City Council to hold off on appointing an interim mayor

The main reason for this decision was the council did not see it necessary to appoint an interim mayor with six weeks left before their holiday recess.

Posted: Oct 19, 2020 9:41 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2020 4:26 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- The Springfield City Council voted Monday night, not to appoint an interim mayor to finish Christine Lundberg's old term

Instead, the council decided to appoint a pro tem council president to help current council president Joe Pishioneri. The pro-tem will help conduct council president duties while Pishioneri continues to fill in for mayoral responsibilities. The council appointed Marilee Woodrow to be council president pro tem until Jan. 1, 2021.

The main reason for this decision was the council did not see it necessary to appoint an interim mayor with six weeks left before their holiday recess. Instead, the council will focus on appointing an interim mayor in January 2021. That person will serve until voters elect a new mayor in November 2022.

So far, only councilor Sean VanGordon has expressed interest in serving as interim mayor. During the council's work session meeting on Monday, Pishioneri said he does not want to be considered in January. Pishioneri won over 60% of the vote in his ward this election cycle and he said "those are marching orders" to represent his ward.

The council said they are going to wait until after the election to determine the process for appointing a mayor in January. They said they want to wait for whoever is elected to Ward 3 so they have a chance to weigh in on the process. 

When a new mayor is appointed in January, a seat will open up on the council. The councilors said they want to cast a wide net in filling that vacancy when it occurs. The council said during Monday night's meeting, they want to start hammering out that process as soon as possible.

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