ALBANY — The City Council named Joanne Wile as mayor and Peter Maass as vice mayor at its June 16 meeting. Wile replaces Peggy Thomsen, who was serving her fourth term as mayor when she died June 8 at age 74.

The council also reviewed the procedures for filling Thomsen's seat on the council.

An application has been posted online (www.albanyca.org) and is also available at City Hall. Applications are being accepted through June 27.

The council is required by the city charter to fill the vacancy by appointment within 30 days.

The council will review all applications and will appoint the new council member at the July 7 meeting.

Albany City Council candidate Joanne Wile is photographed in Richmond, Calif. Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)
Albany City Council candidate Joanne Wile is photographed in Richmond, Calif. Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)

The appointment will last through this November's election, when a permanent replacement will be elected to serve out the final two years of Thomsen's term. Two other four-year terms will be up for election.

Applicants for the appointment need to be a registered voter in Albany and a resident of the city for at least 30 days at the time of appointment.

At the July 7 meeting, each of the four members of the council can nominate one applicant. The council will then select a winner. If the council cannot agree on a candidate -- with four members, the possibility of a deadlock exists -- Mayor Wile could end up making the appointment, according to City Clerk Nicole Almaguer.

The interim member will be sworn in at the July 21 meeting.

The council also named Chelle Putzer as the city's recreation and community services director. Putzer had served as interim director since December, when Penelope Leach was named city manager. Putzer had been the recreation and community services manager before her promotion.

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