Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat and City Council unanimously appointed Councilmember Michael Finn to serve as Vice Mayor and Councilmember Jon Edwards to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for one year terms, which began on Jan. 7. Previously, Councilmember Bridget Binsbacher served as Vice Mayor and Councilmember Vicki Hunt served as Mayor Pro Tem.
“The appointment of these positions is critically important as we take care to protect Peoria residents from any lapse in accountable leadership and proper representation,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “I am thankful that Vice Mayor Finn and Mayor Pro Tem Edwards stepped up to represent our community in these important positions; and I am grateful for the tireless work and extra responsibilities that Councilmembers Binsbacher and Hunt took on over the past year.”
The appointment of both positions is pursuant to City Charter, which states Council shall designate one of its members as Vice Mayor and a separate member as Mayor Pro Tem. Both positions serve in such capacity at the pleasure of Council and at terms established by City Council. The Vice Mayor performs the duties of the Mayor during his/her absence or disability. This is a succession position in the case of the Mayor’s permanent absence. The Mayor Pro Tem performs the duties of the Mayor during the absence of both the Mayor and the Vice Mayor.
“Council and I are thrilled to kick off a productive start of a new decade,” said Mayor Carlat. “We are committed to ensuring that the operation of our city continues in the most effective, transparent, and forward-thinking manner as we work to build Peoria’s finest future.”