Laura Mitchell nominated San Soucie for the role after serving as council president for two years.

PMG PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - Beaverton City Councilor Marc San Soucie walks in the Beaverton Celebration Parade in downtown Beaverton in September 2019.Marc San Soucie will serve as council president for the remainder of 2022, following a unanimous vote by Beaverton City Council last week.

In Beaverton, it is tradition for the council to vote for a council president at the first meeting of every year. That position is considered second to the mayor on the council, although it is chosen by council members rather than by city voters.

Councilor Laura Mitchell, who served as councilor president for the last two years, nominated San Soucie for the position Tuesday evening, Jan. 4.

"I've seen Councilor San Soucie operate in the past as (council) president and he was amazing, so I have no doubt this year will be the same," she said.

As council president, San Soucie will be responsible for presiding over meetings when Mayor Lacey Beaty is unavailable and acting as mayor when Beaty is unable or unavailable to perform duties, according to the city charter.

San Soucie first joined the Beaverton City Council in November 2008, after he was elected to complete an unexpired term.

This is San Soucie's third non-consecutive stint as Beaverton's council president. San Soucie previously served as council president in 2010, then again from 2016 to 2017.

Beaty, now mayor, was council president in 2018 and 2019, before Mitchell assumed the role for 2020 and 2021.

In recent years, the outgoing council president has nominated a fellow councilor they would like to see step into the role.

Despite the recent convention of council presidents serving for back-to-back years, the Beaverton City Council will need to find a new president come January 2023, as this will be San Soucie's last year on the City Council. He will be the first member of the council to be unable to run under the city's new term limits — part of the charter change voters approved in 2020 — as his final term expires at the end of the year.

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