PITTSBURG -- City councilman Sal Evola will serve as Pittsburg's mayor for 2014.
The unanimous vote that resulted in his selection as mayor was taken at Monday's night council meeting.
This is Evola's second term serving as mayor. He was first elected to the council in 2006 and first served as mayor in 2010.
"I look forward over the next year working with my colleagues and city staff on keeping the city of Pittsburg moving forward," Evola said.
The two posts are rotated on a yearly basis among the five elected council members.
Councilman Pete Longmire will serve as vice mayor under a vote that was also unanimous.
"I will always put the community ahead of any other issues that may be going on," he said.
Longmire was appointed to his council seat in 2010, a year in which Longmire and incumbents Nancy Parent and Evola were the only candidates for three open seats and the city canceled the election.
Parent served her fifth term as mayor in 2013, while Evola served as vice mayor.
Before the gavel was passed, Evola praised Parent's work on the council as mayor during the previous year, including providing the leadership needed for the approval of a plastic bag ban, which goes into effect Jan. 15, and for getting a proposal going to turn a vacant parcel next to Old Town Plaza into a city park. He also pointed to her leadership that resulted in passage of a fiscal sustainability ordinance and the "Pride in Pittsburg" program she initiated that honored the work of dozens of volunteer and faith-based organizations in the community.
"You do have big shoes that you leave not only for myself but for everyone to fill," Evola said.
"I only wear a size 6," Parent quipped, sparking laughter from the audience that filled the seats in the council chamber.
In her departing remarks as mayor, Parent, who has served a total of 19 years on the council, said she was pleased with the way things are going with the city and the council business that was accomplished in 2013.
"This has been, I think, a good year for the council because once again -- this is not the only year this has happened -- the council has worked together and I appreciate that.
"Yes, we have our differences.
"Yes, the vote isn't always five to nothing, but once the decisions are made by this council we are all behind them and I expect that will continue" she said. As far as her replacement is concerned, Parent said. "We're getting one the brightest financial people I have ever seen.... He never goes back on his word."
"That's the kind of person we need to be the next mayor of Pittsburg."
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