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Motion would skip Pike as Mayor Pro tem

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Christopher Pike attended his first Albany city commission meeting as a commissioner elect on Wednesday. In a surprising vote, a move was made to keep him from becoming Mayor Pro-Tem when he takes office. 

Each year, the position rotates by Wards. Next year, is Ward three's turn. The mayor pro tem fills in for the Mayor when he's absent.

Commissioner Tommie Postell introduced a measure that would skip over Ward three next year because Pike is a rookie. But that would leave the people in that ward without a Mayor Pro Tem for more than 10 years in a row. 

"I think that's a little ridiculous," said Pike. "Just in the fact even if you elect a brand new mayor, he's not going to know what he's doing as well, so I think that we have two months to get a learning curve and understand how the process works as Mayor Pro Tem. It's in the charter now that the person rotates wards and ward 3 just happens to come up, but you can't change rules every time you get a new elected official."

"I think that probably we will want him to help us make the decision," said Mayor Pro Tem Dorothy Hubbard.

Commissioners Marietta, Gurr and Langstaff voted against the ordinance.

After the meeting, Howard told us he made a mistake, and Mayor Pro Tem Hubbard said she will confer with Christopher Pike before making a final decision.

She says if he feels he can handle the work, she will not support the ordinance change.

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