Toledo City Councilors Wednesday night faced three options on how to replace recently resigned Mayor Monica Lyons. She stepped down for health reasons.
The council, by their charter, can appoint a new mayor from among their fellow councilors, or from a member of the public who steps forward and offers their services. They can also decide to simply get along with one less member of the council until a new mayor is elected this November, since that’s when Mayor Lyons’ term expires.
City Manager Michelle Amberg said there was support for appointing a member of the public, a member of the council and an appetite for simply waiting for the November election. Amberg said the appointment of a member of the public was criticized because it would put someone in the center seat who likely would have little knowledge about the complicated challenges facing the city. She said there was considerable support for appointing a current member of the city council. And there was some support for just waiting for the November election. Currently City Council President Ralph Grutzmacher is running the council meetings.
Unable to reach consensus, Amberg said the council decided to bring the matter up again at the next city council meeting set for February 15th.