Bend has a new mayor. Wednesday, the city council unanimously selected Jim Clinton to fill that role. The new mayor said among the council’s top priorities will be to revisit the city’s troubled $70 million surface water project.
Clinton’s selection as mayor came just minutes after he was sworn in for a third council term. Going into the meeting Clinton was one of three councillors who had publicly expressed interest in the job. But once the meeting got underway, Councilor Jodie Barram stunned supporters in the visitors gallery, by withdrawing her name from consideration.
Barram indicated that her admiration for Clinton had trumped her aspirations to be mayor. Minutes later councilor Mark Capell said he too was withdrawing. At which point Clinton, praised his colleagues for actions he called “gracious.”
Clinton said, “I think it may bode well for our future work as a city council to try to go forward with a sense of consensus, a sense of trying to get along with each other.”
Clinton was first elected 8 years ago, which makes him the long serving member on Bend’s city council.