GRANTS PASS – The Grants Pass City Council re-elected Councilor Tyler Flaming to a second term as council president at their meeting Wednesday, Jan. 15. Council members choose a president in January of each year to serve a one-year term.
Duties of the council president include assuming the duties of the mayor in the absence of the mayor, serving as a liaison between the city manager, mayor and council as needed, and assisting in setting the council agenda, among other duties.
Mayor Roy Lindsay explained the open nomination process of election before entertaining nominations from the council. Flaming was nominated by Councilor Rick Riker, and Councilor DJ Faszer was nominated by Councilor Barry Eames.
“I want to back DJ (Faszer). He’s taken on some responsibilities, really stepped up to the plate, and he’d do a good job,” said Councilor Valerie Lovelace.
Councilor Dennis Roler expressed that his vote would be based on the length of service on the council of each candidate. Faszer has served for one year. Flaming is in his fourth year.
A preference poll conducted resulted in a 4-4 tie vote, and a motion to elect Faszer had the same result. According to the city’s charter, the mayor shall break a tie vote.
“Let me preface my vote with an explanation,” said Lindsay.
Lindsay explained the circumstances of his recent heart attack and emergency surgery. During his recovery, Flaming was called upon to fulfill the duties of the mayor.
“We have worked very well together over the year,” Lindsay said before casting his vote in favor of Flaming.
“I appreciate the kind words from those who supported me, and I respect my colleagues who supported Councilor Faszer. I have a lot of respect for him as well. I know we can all move forward and work together as we have over the past year,” said Flaming.