Biloxi council president Kenny Glavan now interim mayor
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The president of the Biloxi City Council was chosen Tuesday morning to serve as interim mayor until a special election is held. The approval of Kenny Glavan came on the fourth ballot at a special council meeting.
Council members first accepted the resignation of the city's longest running mayor, A.J. Holloway, who stepped down in the middle of his sixth term for health reasons. The city council praised him for his years of leadership and dedication.
Then came the task of choosing from among themselves, an interim mayor. Any notion this was a done deal before the meeting was laid to rest with discussion about the first nominee, Ward 7's David Fayard.
"He hasn't shown up to any Biloxi events, whatsoever. He has a history of voting against paying our bills. And he didn't even want to be council president in the beginning," said Ward 3 Council Member Dixie Newman, who said Fayard lacked leadership skills.
Councilman Paul Tisdale said Fayard was a good choice: experience, with no political aspirations.
"David is probably the best person to have in this position until the special election is held, with all of his experience on the council, with his knowledge of the directors," said Ward 5 Councilman Paul Tisdale.
Councilman Felix Gines, who has been serving as interim mayor, encouraged his colleagues to keep him at the helm.
"We have a lot of things going on with this baseball stadium that need to be addressed, like yesterday. And therefore, I feel I can't support David Fayard because right now there's others who've been intimately involved in that. And we need to continue to move this city forward," said Gines.
Fayard's nomination got three votes, one shy of the four vote majority. Robert Demming and Felix Gines also failed to get the four votes needed.
Finally, on the fourth ballot, Council President Kenny Glavan was nominated.
"Mr. Glavan, are you going to be running in the special election?" Newman asked.
"No, I've decided not to run. I'm committed for four years. I ran for councilman for Ward 6," said Glavan.
Kenny Glavan received four favorable votes, including his own.
"I embrace it. You know, I want to be a good leader for all Biloxi. And I'll serve in this capacity and then I'll go back to my role as councilman for Ward 6," said Glavan. "I think we're going to go through the process the next 60 days and we're going to represent the city like the city needs to be represented. And I think everybody will be proud of the direction we're heading."
It was history in the making for the Biloxi City Council. Kenny Glavan called the process unprecedented and a bit awkward.
The city council will set the date for the special election at next Tuesday's regular council meeting. The date is expected to be either April 28 or May 5.
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