Zach Klein Appointed City Council President, Possibly for Short Term
During last night’s Columbus City Council meeting, Councilmembers promoted Zach Klein into the role of Council President, with Councilmember Priscilla Tyson appointed as Council President Pro Tem. The two have the most seniority on a very new and very young council, with Tyson serving since 2007 and Klein since 2011.
“I am honored and humbled by the confidence my fellow councilmembers have placed in me to lead this body,” stated Klein. “I am particularly excited to team up with President Pro Tem Tyson to offer thoughtful, deliberative and progressive-minded leadership. I also look forward to working with Mayor Andrew J. Ginther on behalf of all Columbus residents.”
While some have speculated for severals months that Klein would be selected as the successor to former Council President Ginther after he won November’s mayoral election, his time as President may be short lived. Klein has already filed to run for the office of Franklin County Prosecutor this year, and if elected, he would vacate the seat of Council President after just one year of service.
In addition to the President and Pro Tem appointments, new Councilmember Michael Stinziano was also officially sworn into office yesterday. New Councilmember Elizabeth Brown was sworn in last week.
A currently vacant seat on City Council is also expected to be filled next Monday, when one of 13 semifinalists will be appointed into the position.