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City of Yakima Manages Without a Mayor... For Now

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The City of Yakima is without a mayor, at least for now. The City of Yakima is without a mayor, at least for now.

YAKIMA, WA - The City of Yakima is without a mayor, at least for now.

In Tuesday night's city council meeting, council members tied in a 3 to 3 vote on who should take over the ceremonial role-- incumbent Micah Cawley or Council Member Rick Ensey.

"I don't think that anybody should have it more than two terms," said Ensey. "Actually, I'd prefer not more than one term because the public begins to look at the mayor as a super council member."

"I think it's the first time in the history of the city that you haven't had someone in the office of mayor," said Cawley. "So it's probably just an odd time for a lot of us, but that's how it goes."

The council has voted to put off electing a mayor until a seventh council member is appointed. Sara Bristol resigned this past December leaving a vacant spot.

Council members Rick Ensey and Dave Ettl disapproved of that notion saying it would put a heavy decision on this newest member.

"I think that is probably a terrible outcome, but the outcome is that we're going to wait until we get the seventh council member appointed, and then we'll go around and do the vote again," said Ensey.

"Hopefully not put any pressure on them to go one way or the other," said Cawley. "It's going to be up to them to make a decision and see what happens. I mean you could have people change their votes between now and then so I have no idea what's going to end up happening."

Council members said they don't have an exact date when a new member will be appointed. For now, Council Member Kathy Coffee will officiate city council meetings.

Whoever the mayor is makes around $16,000 a year, and council members make around $12,000 dollars a year. The money being saved right now will go into the council's general fund.

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