By Mark Carlisle
Joyce Clark is Glendale’s new vice mayor.
City Council appointed Ms. Clark, councilwoman for the Yucca District, for the rotating position during Tuesday’s Council meeting. As vice mayor, Ms. Clark will be responsible for performing the duties of the mayor during the mayor’s absence. City Council guidelines require council members to nominate candidates for vice mayor each year.
Ms. Clark succeeds Councilwoman Lauren Tolmachoff, who will remain on Council, serving the Cholla District. Ms. Tolmachoff, who was appointed in January 2018, nominated Ms. Clark for the position. She was approved 7-0. Prior to Ms. Tolmachoff, Cactus District Councilman Ian Hugh served three consecutive terms as vice mayor, from 2015 to 2017.
“I am honored to have been selected as vice mayor of Glendale by my peers on the City Council,” Ms. Clark stated in a news release. “I pledge to assist my mayor and fellow council members as we all work to make Glendale more business friendly, to create new jobs for our citizens, to develop quality-of-life amenities for our residents and to further strengthen the fiscal health of our city.”
Ms. Clark was first elected as Yucca District Councilwoman in 1992 and served Glendale and the Yucca District from 1992 to 1996. In 2000, she successfully ran again for Yucca District Council member as a write-in candidate against the incumbent. Ms. Clark retired from City Council in 2012 but decided to run again, successfully, in 2016. Ms. Clark announced last month that she will run for her sixth Council term in 2020.
Ms. Clark currently chairs the City Council Subcommittee on Business and is a member of the Council Code Review Committee.
“This has been a long time for you,” said Mayor Jerry Weiers during Tuesday’s Council meeting. “A long time coming, and I think it’s well deserved, and I’m looking forward to working with you for the next year as vice mayor.”
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