Persson selected as 2014 City Council president

With the election behind them, the Renton City Council this week selected a new council president and council president pro tem for next year.

The council unanimously approved Don Persson as next year's president. As president, Persson will set the agenda and conduct the Committee of the Whole meetings that precede the full council meetings.

The council president, according to city policy, also speaks as the council spokesperson and official representative as the council

This year, Persson was chair of the Public Safety Committee and vice-chair of the Finance Committee. In his 13 years on the council, he has served as president twice prior, in 2004 and 2010.

Councilman Ed Prince was selected as president pro tem by a vote of 5-2 with Councilmembers Greg Taylor and Marcie Palmer voting in the negative. The president pro-tem runs the meeting in the president's absence.

Prince is in his first term on the council and serves as chair of the Utilities Committee and vice chair of the Planning and Development Committee.

There was some discussion prior to the votes as Taylor questioned why he had not yet been selected for a leadership position despite his six years on the council.

Taylor followed the nomination of Persson and Prince, put forward by Council President Randy Corman, with his question and by nominating himself for the president pro-tem position.

After a brief discussion of procedure, a vote was taken and Persson and Prince were selected.

They will begin serving their terms in January.

The council committee on committees will later this month select new members for each of the council's six subcommittees.

This article has been corrected. In the first version of the story, Persson was incorrectly listed as having served as president three times previously. The duties of the president have also been corrected.

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