Town Board appoints Myles Baker as mayor pro tem
August 2, 2014
The Windsor Town Board appointed board member Myles Baker as mayor pro tem Monday night.
The board passed the resolution appointing Baker by a vote of 5-2, with Mayor John Vazquez and board member Kristie Melendez voting against Baker's appointment.
"Serving on the town board is a great honor that I take very seriously," Baker said. "I really appreciate the opportunity to serve the community in this new capacity."
The role of the mayor pro tem is to facilitate town board meetings in the event the mayor isn't able to attend.
The board previously made three attempts to get enough votes to appoint a mayor pro tem at its May 12 meeting, but each failed for a lack of support from a super majority — or five votes from seven members — of the board.
Melendez, the previous mayor pro tem, said her "no" vote reflected her dissatisfaction with the charter requiring a super majority of support to appoint a mayor pro tem, a requirement she said was established with the hope of creating consensus among the board.
"I don't believe this is creating consensus, but it has forced those wanting to see an end result to come by a disposition based on default. Se we now have a mayor pro tem by default," Melendez said.
Vazquez said Baker would have his "unfettered support" if appointed, but he would be voting "no" on the ordinance.
Board member Ivan Adams said the board needed to move on and said he'd give his full support to Baker.