“I guess I'll take over from here,” Tim Salters said after being chosen to serve as president during the city council's reorganizational meeting on Monday evening at City Hall, 201 Vigo St.
Salters, a Republican who works for the Vincennes Community School Corp., along with fellow Republican Marc McNeece, were elected to the council's two at-large seats last fall, ousting long-serving Democrats Duane Chattin and Shirley Rose.
He was expected to be chosen to lead the council, which now includes six Republicans and a lone Democrat, Dan Ravellette.
Salters had served two terms on the council representing District 5 before deciding to run for one of the at-large seats.
He was elected president unanimously, 7-0, with Salters voting for himself.
Elected to serve as vice-president was Brian Grove, the District 1 representative, who defeated political newcomer Will Drews by 50 votes in last November's General Election, 133 votes to 83 votes.
District 1 had the smallest turnout on election night.
Grove, too, voted for himself for vice president.
The council also made appointments to the city's redevelopment commission, Area Plan Commission, the Pantheon board, the Knox County Solid Waste Board and the Urban Enterprise Association board.
McNeece was named to the APC and the RDC; the council also named Vincennes Community School Corp. superintendent Greg Parsley to the RDC.
Parsley has been a non-voting member for many years.
Grove was selected for the Pantheon board and John Stangle (one of the four council members who lives within the urban enterprise zone) to the UEA. The council has another position to fill on the UEA.
It was a two-man race for the appointment on the Solid Waste board.
District 5 council member Ryan Lough nominated fellow newcomer Ed Gornall, the District 2 member, who was sitting to his right at the table.
Grove, sitting next to Salters, nominated Salters, who was ultimately elected on a 4-3 vote, with Grove, McNeece, Stangle and Ravellette supporting him.
Gornall got his vote along with Lough's — and, after he'd already secured the necessary four votes to win, a vote from Salters.
“I guess I can give it to you since it doesn't matter,” Salters said of his vote for Gornall.
Gornall asked about appointments to the council's various committees, an action that was included on the agenda for the reorganizational meeting.
Salters said those would be made at the next meeting.
“We'll have all those figured out next week,” he said to Gornall, without specifying who the “we” would be making the selections.
Mayor Joe Yochum explained to Gornall that it was traditionally left up to the president to decide which council members would serve on what committees.