Five of the 11 people who formed the presiding City Council for the final regular meeting of 2014 on Thursday have or had the “interim” word behind their title.
Interim Mayor Ivy Taylor. Interim District 2 Councilmember Keith Toney. Former interim, now elected District 10 Councilmember Mike Gallagher. Former interim, now elected District 9 Councilmember Joe Krier, and now, Interim District 1 Councilmember Roberto C. Treviño.
It’s a Council where the average citizen might need a program to know exactly who holds which seat.
It took less than a half hour for Mayor Taylor and City Council to meet in executive session Thursday morning and settle on Treviño to fill the last empty seat of the year, this one vacated by former District 1 Councilmember Diego Bernal who is now running for a Texas House seat vacated by mayoral candidate Mike Villarreal.
District 6 Councilmember Ray Lopez made the motion to vote in Treviño, an architect who has his own practice.
“Being the longest tenured council member on the dais today … I’d like to make a motion to appoint Robert C. Treviño,” Lopez said.
That motion carried unanimously. After an appearance by Bernal at the podium to acknowledge recognition from his former colleagues and a round of boisterous applause from an audience packed with rideshare and taxi advocates, Treviño was sworn in and seated.
Treviño was chosen from a field of 14 District 1 applicants. Two other finalists, Susan Galindo, the former president of the Northeast Independent School District, and Dr. Holly Keyt, a UT Health Sciences Center critical care physician, also appeared before Council Thursday for a second presentation before Treviño was selected.
At the next regular meeting of City Council in January, interim District 2 Councilmember Keith Toney will be replaced by a new interim council member, Alan Warrick II, who defeated Toney in a special election runoff on Dec. 9 and will serve until the May 9 city elections when all interim officeholders will become elected for a full two-year term of service or be replaced by other elected representatives.