Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Tuesday, Nov. 7 @ 3:17 p.m.
Council Appoints Blake Inscore To 5th Term As Crescent City Mayor; Raymond Altman Will Be Second-in-Command
Blake Inscore will step back into the Crescent City mayoral seat starting Nov. 21 for what he says will be his final year in office.
Councilor Raymond Altman agreed to serve as mayor pro tem after declining a nomination from his colleague Jason Greenough to be mayor.
The Crescent City Council appoints a mayor and a mayor pro tem every year. On Monday, the previous mayor, Isaiah Wright, who is a teacher, said he enjoyed the job, but wanted to give someone else a chance.
“The first 10 months were amazing. They were great. It’s because I didn’t start back to school and I switched grades and took on extra responsibilities at work, (including) running the after school program,” Wright said. “Unless absolutely nobody wants to be mayor, I would like to pull my name for consideration.”
Greenough, Wright’s predecessor as mayor, nominated Altman, pointing out that four out of the five City Council members had taken on the role and it was an invaluable experience.
When Altman declined the role, Kelly Schellong, who was appointed to the City Council earlier this year, nominated Inscore.
Inscore, who was elected to the City Council in 2014, has been the mayor four times. This year will be his fifth time taking on the role, he said.
With the mayoral appointment out of the way, Wright nominated Altman for the mayor pro tem role. The vote in both cases was unanimous.
Though the City Council acts as one body, the Crescent City mayor presides over the meeting and traditionally speaks and votes last when there’s a vote. The mayor pro tem presides over meetings if the mayor is absent.
The mayor and mayor pro tem are authorized signers on bank or financial institution accounts the city holds. The mayor and mayor pro tem also reviews agendas for Council meetings and makes appointments to boards, commissions and committees with his or her colleagues’ approval.