Marietta tapped as mayor pro tem

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany City Commission voted Monday to make Commissioner Roger Marietta the backup for Mayor Willie Adams for the next year by choosing him to fill the mayor pro tempore position.

The position, which by rule of the commission typically rotates numerically from commissioner to commissioner, was supported by a unanimous vote Monday.

"It's an honor and a responsibility I feel I can handle," Marietta said after the meeting. "Former Mayor Pro Tem (Dorothy) Hubbard and Mayor Pro Tem (Christopher) Pike have done a great job laying the groundwork in that position, and I hope to continue that on."

As referenced by Marietta, the Ward 4 commissioner will replace Ward 3 Commissioner Pike as mayor pro tem.

As mayor pro tem, Marietta will assume the responsibilities of mayor in Adams' absence, including presiding over commission meetings and speaking on behalf of the city at various functions and gatherings.

In other business, and as first reported at albanyherald.com, the commission made an unexpected move Monday when it opted not to reappoint Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission Chairman Bobby McKinney to the board.

McKinney, who has been the commission's chair since the EDC became its own unique body separate from the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, was up for appointment to the board as a representative of the city of Albany.

In a 4-3 vote with Commissioners Jon Howard, Dorothy Hubbard, Marietta and Tommie Postell voting in favor, the commission decided instead to put Darton College Professor Aaron Johnson on the EDC along with Pike, who was reappointed.

During its meeting Monday, the commission also made other committee appointments.

Marietta was reappointed to the aviation committee; Howard was reappointed to the pension board; SOWEGA Council on Aging Director Kay Hind was reappointed to the citizens review committee for the Albany Police Department; Phil Cannon, Chairman Andrew Reid and LaNicia Hart were reappointed to the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority; Steve Kaplan was reappointed to the Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission, and Gary Nevins was named to the Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful Board.