Sumner has a new deputy mayor.
The City Council on Monday night picked Cindi Hochstatter from within its ranks to serve a one-year term in the post. Her duties will include running council meetings when Mayor Dave Enslow is absent.
“I’m very happy I received the support I did. Thank you,” Hochstatter said.
She’s the only woman on the seven-member council and was elected to her seat in 2007.
The vote to select her as deputy mayor was 6-1, with Councilman Matt Richardson – who’s clashed with some on the council, including Hochstatter, in recent months – casting the sole dissenting vote. He didn’t give a reason for his vote during the meeting.
Richardson nominated Councilman Randy Hynek for the deputy mayor post, but Hynek said he didn’t want to be considered.
Councilman Leroy Goff said Hochstatter was the right choice for the job.
“This is an individual who does her homework,” he said.
She takes over the deputy mayor post from Councilman Steve Allsop. He declined a nomination to stay in the post.
In November, Richardson filed a complaint with the state Public Disclosure Commission alleging that city officials broke the law by allowing public comment at council meetings that were defamatory and directed at him personally to help his opponent in a state legislative race. He ran against Sen. Pam Roach in November’s election, but lost.
The complaint names Enslow, Allsop and the city attorney. A PDC spokeswoman said this week that the agency hasn’t yet decided whether to investigate.