Hosterman names City Council colleague Cook-Kallio as vice mayor, but not everyone pleased

Sullivan argues 2nd most important elected position should be rotated so others can serve, including him

Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio was appointed Pleasanton's vice mayor for 2011 Tuesday, but not everyone is pleased with the choice.

Mayor Jennifer Hosterman announced her selection at the close of Tuesday's nearly five-hour-long council meeting. Earlier, at the start of the meeting, Hosterman was sworn-in for her fourth and—because of term limits—final two-year term as mayor. Cook-Kallio and Councilman Jerry Thorne also took their seats for their final four years on the council. All three were re-elected on Nov. 2.

Hosterman chose Cook-Kallio for the second-top elected post in Pleasanton to succeed Thorne, who has served as vice mayor for the last two years. Before that, Cook-Kallio had also served as vice mayor.

Councilman Matt Sullivan objected, arguing that the vice mayor's post is "traditionally" rotated among the four council members. During his six years on the council, he held the position only once and said it's his turn again now. Councilwoman Cindy McGovern agreed, telling Hosterman that all council members are committed to serving the best interests of the community and should share in the vice mayor's post.

"As long as I've been paying attention to City Council procedures," Sullivan told Hosterman, "it's been a rotation system. The council and the community benefits by having council members with diverse views serve as vice mayor."

Hosterman said she has researched actions of past mayors and that many did not follow any kind of rotation system in selecting their vice mayors.

"Anyhow, it's my choice and I've selected Cheryl," she added.

The council approved her selection in a 3-2 vote.

The vice mayor's post is largely ceremonial, although it has taken on increased importance since Hosterman is involved in a number of regional and national organizations that require her to travel out of town frequently, leaving the vice mayor in charge of conducting council meetings and other city business.

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