Council Does Not Elect Mayor, Deputy Mayor
Posted on 01/02/2018

The Newcastle City Council did not elect a new mayor or deputy mayor during the Jan. 2 regular meeting. The council was unable to come to a majority vote for a new mayor after three voting attempts. As a result, the most recent Deputy Mayor Gordon Bisset ran the Jan. 2 meeting. The City Council will attempt to vote on a new mayor and deputy mayor again at the next meeting on Jan. 16.

The City of Newcastle operates in a council-manager form of government. Here's what that means, courtesy of the Association of Washington Cities and the Municipal Research and Services Center: 

"All legislative and policymaking powers are vested in the city council. The council employs a professionally-trained public administrator, the city manager, to carry out the policies it develops. The city manager is the head of the administrative branch of city government. By statute, the mayor is selected by the city council from among its members, although this may also be done by election. 

The mayor’s responsibilities are primarily to preside at council meetings, and act as head of the city for ceremonial purposes and for purposes of military law. The mayor votes as a councilmember and does not have any veto power (RCW 35.18.190; RCW 35A.13.030-.033 Optional Municipal Code cities)."

At the beginning of the meeting, Newcastle Municipal Court Judge Wayne Stewart administered the Oath of Office for new Councilmembers Tamra Kammin, Tom Magers and Dave Mitchell. See photos here

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