City Council Names New President, President Pro Tempore
As former Columbus City Council president Zach Klein begins his role as City Attorney, council has selected its new president and president pro tempore. Councilmember Shannon Hardin was named Council President, and Councilmember Michael Stinziano is now President Pro Tempore.
The announcement came at a council meeting on Tuesday, January 2. Hardin and former president pro tempore Priscilla Tyson were nominated by council members Elizabeth Brown and Mitch Brown, after which a four-to-two vote resulted in Hardin’s election as President.
“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve the residents of Columbus as City Council President. All of my Council colleagues embody public service, and I am honored that they have put their faith in me,” Hardin said in a press release. “As Council President, I will support each of them as we work together to realize a safer, healthier and more equitable Columbus.”
Stinziano was the sole nominee for City Council President Pro Tempore and was elected unanimously. He will preside over council in the absence of Council President Hardin.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the residents and businesses of Columbus as President Pro Tem,” Stinziano said in a statement. “This new privilege and opportunity will allow me to continue my work with neighborhoods across the City.”
“Congratulations to Councilmember Stinziano who was named President Pro Tempore tonight, as well as to the City Clerk Andrea Blevins and City Treasurer Deborah Klie for their reappointments,” Hardin added. “We know that even as Columbus has emerged as a hub for jobs and innovation, our City faces significant challenges. As we strive to address these issues, we must remember that leadership is not about doing what is easy, but what is right. I look forward to working on behalf of all the people of Columbus.”
Council will appoint a seventh member next Monday, January 8. For information on the finalists, read more here.