Council selects president, vice president

The City Council won’t be playing musical chairs this year.

In a meeting that lasted a few minutes, the Council unanimously re-elected on Jan. 2 its president, vice-president and standing committee chairs.

That means President Barbara Johnson (4th Ward) and Vice President Robert Lilligren (6th Ward) will continue to hold the gavel. Current committee chairs will keep their roles as well. Lilligren, Council Members Scott Benson (11th Ward) and Cam Gordon (2nd Ward) will serve again on the Executive Committee.

All were present for the meeting, with the exception of Council Member Ralph Remington (10th Ward), who was in Iowa campaigning for Barack Obama.

Here is a list of committee chairs:

Claims: Lisa Goodman (7th Ward)

Committee of the Whole: Lilligren

Community Development: Goodman

Elections: Elizabeth Glidden (8th Ward)

Health, Energy and Environment: Benson

Intergovernmental Relations: Betsy Hodges (13th Ward)

Public Safety & Regulatory Services: Don Samuels (5th Ward)

Rules: Ralph Remington (10th Ward)

Taxes: Diane Hofstede (3rd Ward)

Transportation and Public Works: Sandy Colvin Roy (12th Ward)

Ways and Means/Budget: Paul Ostrow (1st Ward)

Zoning and Planning: Gary Schiff (9th Ward)