New council names Gavin vice mayor

July 8, 2009

Neal Wagner -


New faces during a Tuesday night Columbus City Council meeting brought a pair of new members to city posts and area committees, as a newly elected council breezed through a relatively brief session. 


Newcomers Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens, Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box, Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem and Ward 6 Councilman Bill Gavin joined veterans Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor and Ward 4 Councilman Fred Stewart for the first time as the group voted to name Gavin the city''s vice mayor. 


The board unanimously accepted Mayor Robert Smith''s recommendation and elected the Ward 6 newcomer to be Columbus second-in-command.  


Gavin, who will be in charge of all city functions in Smith''s absence, replaced former vice mayor and Ward 5 Councilman Jay Jordan and will serve in the position until 2013. 


In other business, the board: