Vache selected as new president of City Council; Margeson named vice president

Redmond City Council members Pat Vache (Position 2) and Hank Margeson (Position 3) were selected as Council president and vice president, respectively, during Tuesday's business meeting at City Hall.

Pat Vache

Pat Vache

Redmond City Council members Pat Vache (Position 2) and Hank Margeson (Position 3) were selected as Council president and vice president, respectively, during Tuesday’s business meeting at City Hall.

Both members were elected in 7-0 votes.

Vache replaces former President Richard Cole, who retired from the Council at the end of last year after 24 years of service. Vache was the former Council vice president, working along side Cole.

“He makes it easy to follow (as president),” Vache said.

Vache, now serving his second stint on Council, is not new to the president’s position. He had served on City Council from 1981-89 and was president for four years during this first stint. Vache returned to Council six years ago.

Vache said one of the major jobs the Council president is tasked with is working with the mayor to set meeting agendas. He said the president will also run Council meetings if the mayor is not present.

Council president also has ceremonial duties such as attending ribbon cuttings and grand opening events for new businesses.

Vache said he is looking forward to planning and executing the Council’s retreats, adding that there will probably be two retreats this year: a mini-retreat to be held soon and a more involved retreat around March, which will focus on the upcoming budget for 2013-14 and the Council’s role in the process.

Finalizing the next budget will be one of the biggest items on the Council’s agenda for the year, but Vache said other items include the many construction projects in the downtown and Overlake neighborhoods.

“We’re looking forward to a good year,” he said.

For Vache personally, he said he plans to be heavily involved with One Redmond, a developing public-private initiative that focuses on economic vitality and community building.

Additionally as Council leader, Vache said he is also charged with making sure the group works well together, which he said they already do. He added that he and the rest of the Council will also help newcomer Tom Flynn with the “steep learning curve” that comes with sitting on City Council.

Margeson, who replaces Vache as vice president, just completed his first four-year term on City Council. He ran unopposed and was reelected in November 2011 with nearly 100 percent of the votes. The new year marks the beginning of Margeson’s second term and his new role as Council vice president.

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