Mayor Rasham Nassar and Deputy Mayor Kirsten Hytopolous. That how 2021 started off at the first Bainbridge Island City Council Study Session of the year. Without fail... the vote had DRAMA.
In a calculated move, Council member Christy Carr made a "motion" to approve Council member Rasham Nassar to be Mayor for 2021 term. In doing so, Carr blocked any other member seeking nomination before the Nassar appointment could be voted on.
Joe Deets had been serving as Deputy Mayor in the second half of 2020 and was priming himself for the Mayor position all year. He was nominated by Mayor Schneider but the nomination was not even considered because Nassar was appointed in a split vote 4-3.
YAYS: Nassar, Carr, Pollock, Fantory-Johnson. NAYS: Hytopolous, Schneider, Deets.
Once the Mayor position was decided Michale Pollock made a quick motion to nominate himself. He stated that if he could not nominate himself or if the vote didn't work, he was going to make a motion to nominate Christy Carr. The motion was asked for a second and NO ONE seconded the motion. Once that died, Joe Deets quickly made a motion to appoint Councilwoman Kirsten Hytopolous to the Deputy Mayor position.
The issue to take note of here is that no one was asking for candidates to be nominated into consideration, they were asking for folks to be fast tracked.
Councilwoman Hytopolous was eventually voted into the Deputy Mayor position unanimously. That's right, all seven members of the council voted the same way...
The rest of the Study Session meeting consisted of setting agendas, discussing moratoriums, the Joint City Council and Planning Commission Land Use Subcommittee and what to do with the policy options in front of the Council regarding "Lots Less than 12,500 Square Feet in the R-1, R-2 & R-0.4 zones."
You can check it out in it's entirety below.
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