Shawnee Dispatch

Shawnee City Council elects newcomer as council president

Councilman Matt Zimmerman gets sworn into office at the Shawnee City Council meeting on Jan. 8. Enlarge photo

January 16, 2018

At its recent city council meeting, the governing body voted to elect Ward 1 councilman Matt Zimmerman as the council president.

Councilman Justin Adrian made the motion; Council members Eric Jenkins and Stephanie Meyer voted in dissent.

In the absence or disability of the mayor, the council president takes over those leadership duties.

The move was unusual for the council, since Zimmerman had only been sworn in as a council member less than an hour beforehand.

But the newcomer is up for the challenge.

“I was certainly surprised with the nomination for Council President, as it was something I had not considered a possibility going into Monday evening’s meeting,” Zimmerman told the Dispatch. “I realize I’m going to be on a pretty steep learning curve over the next several months and have had multiple conversations with several of the past presidents regarding the responsibilities and challenges of the position, and for that, I am grateful for their willingness to help out.

“The city of Shawnee has a great council, great leadership, an incredible staff, and I’m genuinely honored by this opportunity to work with all of them.”

At its Jan. 8 meeting, the council also voted on the following items:

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