Bainbridge to pick a new mayor: Councilman Medina in line for appointment

Three new city council members will take the oath of office Tuesday, and the Bainbridge Island City Council will choose a new mayor from one of its seven members.

The newcomers on the dais: Rasham Nassar will serve in the District 5, Central Ward seat on the city council; Joe Deets is the new North Ward councilman; and Matthew Tirman will represent the South Ward.

The council will also pick a new mayor.

Although the final decision on Bainbridge’s next mayor won’t be known until the council votes at its meeting this week, Councilman Kol Medina appears to be well-positioned to take on the role.

The council will also make committee appointments at its first meeting of 2018, and Medina has been suggested to take over many of the positions on regional boards and committees where Val Tollefson served during his time as mayor. (Tollefson’s term of office came to a finish at the end of December.)

Those potential committee assignments for Medina include the Housing Kitsap board, the Kitsap Transit board, the Kitsap 911 board, and the Kitsap Emergency Management Council.

Medina may also replace Tollefson on the West Central Local Integrating Organization, and the executive board for the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council.

In the council-city manager form of government, the mayor is not elected directly by voters, and the position is largely ceremonial. The mayor does, however, preside over business meetings of the council, and is the council’s main liaison with the city manager. The mayor also approves the final agenda for city council meetings.

Council-appointed mayors serve for two years on Bainbridge.

Councilman Ron Peltier said Medina was his choice for the mayor’s job.

“I will be nominating Kol and expect him to be approved by the council,” Peltier said in an email to the Review.

“I think he is well suited to be the new mayor and will do a great job,” Peltier added.

The city council will gather for its first meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 in council chambers at Bainbridge Island City Hall.