At Monday evening’s county council meeting, Courtney Watson was elected as the next chair of the council replacing Mary Kay Sigaty who will now move to the position of vice chair. Mary Kay had expressed an interest in holding on to the chairmanship for another year to maintain some continuity on the Columbia Town Center redevelopment legislative process but politics probably trumped that plan. Since next year is an election, the position of council chair gives Courtney a little added visibility in her quest to seek a second term. Bob Flanagan has already begun a campaign to challenge her whereas no viable opponent has yet surfaced for Mary Kay.
As Larry Carson reported in this story in The Sun, the chairmanship can be a mixed blessing. Courtney, who was the council chair two years ago, reportedly said “The best day is the day you're elected, and the second best day is the day you turn the reins over. Everything else is just a blur."
Jen Terrasa and Calvin Ball played musical chairs. Jen will assume the new zoning board chair replacing Calvin who will become the new liquor board chair, replacing Jen.
Greg Fox, the lone Republican on the five person council, gets no chair. Understandably he abstained from voting on these new assignments.