BEND, OR -- Jim Clinton is looking forward to continuing as Bend's Mayor. The council unanimously re-elected him to the position, earlier this week. He is, by far, the most senior person on the council, as nearly half of the council was newly sworn in Wednesday night.
"Every time there's a new council, it's a chance to open things up and look at things anew without upsetting the apple cart," Clinton said Wednesday night. "I've said before my goal is to make Bend the best city in the U.S. and we've gone far along that path, already."
Councilor Doug Knight admitted he was interested in the Mayor position, but said he didn't have the necessary votes.
Despite only having served on the council for two years, Sally Russell was voted by councilors to become Bend's Mayor Pro Tem -- effectively, the second in command. Russell believes the group will have a lot on their plates, "But, I look at the long list of projects before us: Transportation, roads, sidewalks, trails, access. If we are really effective and do it right, we as a community are going to be so strong and good."
Councilor Victor Chudowski nominated Russell to the Pro Tem position, saying she has an open mind.