Matt Grocott won't be cheated by circumstance from serving a full year as San Carlos' mayor.
At his request, the city council Monday night unanimously voted to let Grocott continue as mayor through March, after which Vice Mayor Bob Grassilli will take over.
Grocott stepped up to lead the council in April after former mayor Andy Klein resigned.
The council traditionally selects a mayor and vice mayor at the end of each year to serve the following 12 months. The vice mayor typically assumes the top post a year later.
But the last couple of years have been anything but usual for the council, which promoted Klein to mayor in June 2011 after former mayor Omar Ahmad died of a heart attack the previous month. In December 2011, the council voted to keep Klein as mayor all of this year, but he quit four months later citing personal problems such as alcohol abuse and the dissolution of his marriage.
As a result, Grocott was promoted from vice mayor to acting mayor and then officially given the gavel the next month. At the same time, Council Member Bob Grassilli was selected as vice mayor.
On Monday, Grocott said that because Grassilli was next in line and both of their terms end in December 2013, he was willing to "split the baby" so both he and Grassilli get an equal length of time serving as mayor.
"That would allow me to serve nine months, which would take me through March," Grocott said. "We'd go through this process
Grassilli suggested the council just select the mayor and vice mayor Monday night for next year, even though they wouldn't start until March. "So we don't have to organize again," Grassilli said, "pre-establish it for the next year."
The council then unanimously selected Grassilli as the city's future mayor and Mark Olbert as the next vice mayor. The two will take their oath of office in March.