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Council votes unanimously for Rory Bialostosky to take council president position

PMG FILE PHOTO - Rory Bialostosky will serve as the West Linn City Council president in 2022.The West Linn City Council unanimously chose Councilor Rory Bialostosky to serve as its president for 2022 at its first meeting of the year on Monday, Jan. 10.

Per the West Linn City Charter and City Council rules, the council president leads the body in the absence of the mayor. Councilor Bill Relyea held the position in 2021. He nominated Bialostosky for the role for the coming year.

Bialostosky was elected to the City Council in 2020.

"(Relyea) brought a lot of management expertise to the role and handled everything with calmness and savvy, and I really appreciate your service," Councilor Todd Jones said. "I'm excited about Councilor Bialostosky serving in this role because he has demonstrated time and again in our public meetings over the last year that he is thoughtful and considerate and does his homework and is even-keeled and brings a grace and humility to the job that I think is most welcome."

Bialostosky thanked Relyea for the nomination and the rest of the council for its support.

"It's humbling and I'm looking forward to working with all of you in the coming year and hopefully not presiding over too many meetings, because I don't think you (Mayor Jules Walters) will be absent, but I'll step in when called upon and look forward to it," he said."

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