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Mayor casts deciding votes

Superior has a new council president and vice president after members were sworn and reorganized Tuesday. Tuesday's selection may have identified Mayor Dave Ross' temporary replacement if he's successful in his bid for lieutenant governor in Nove...

Superior has a new council president and vice president after members were sworn and reorganized Tuesday.

Tuesday's selection may have identified Mayor Dave Ross' temporary replacement if he's successful in his bid for lieutenant governor in November and resigns his current post in January. Council President Bob Finsland would step into the mayor's office until the council appoints a new mayor or a special election is held.

Councilor Tom Bridge was selected vice president after Ross cast deciding votes for both posts after the council deadlocked.

Councilors split 5-5 between Finsland and Councilor Warren Bender for president, and Bridge and Councilor Dan Olson for vice president.

Ross, who has traditionally stayed out of council leadership selection, said he didn't foresee the deadlock changing and the council was statutorily obligated to select its leadership during the reorganization meeting, prompting him to cast the deciding votes.

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Ross said his decision was based on Finsland and Bridge's seniority and experience as members of the council. Both are the longest serving members of the council, while Bender and Olson are just starting their second terms.

Councilors Bridge, Denise McDonald, Chuck Hendry, Finsland and Esther Dalbec favored Finsland and Bridge for the leadership posts.

Councilor Olson, Bender, Greg Mertzig, Mike Herrick and Mick MacKenzie favored Olson and Bender, both of whom are starting their second terms on the council.

The Douglas County Board also selected its leadership Tuesday night, retaining County Board Chairman Doug Finn for another two-year term.

Supervisor Keith Allen serves as the first vice chairman, with Carol Johnson being named second vice chair and Kay Johnson serving as third vice chair.

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