LIVERMORE -- The city of Livermore has appointed City Councilman Bob Woerner as its new vice-mayor and added two new public positions to the city's payroll.
The vice mayor's term lasts one year, and the mayor of Livermore is required to select a new vice mayor from the council annually. The Nov. 25 meeting marked the end of Vice Mayor Stewart Gary's term, and Mayor John Marchand thanked Stewart for his service before appointing Woerner.
"I found your knowledge of municipal finance and your insights to be extremely valuable," Marchand said to Gary. "As we continue to climb out of this recession and gradually work onto more stable footing." Marchand, who has served as vice mayor twice, said the position was important to the city because the vice mayor is the only council member the mayor can "bounce ideas off without violating the Brown Act." The decision to appoint Woerner was largely motivated by the fact that this next year will include a lot of "fiscal challenges," Marchand said.
Prior to being appointed to the City Council in 2012, Woerner held several management positions in various tech and energy businesses for almost 30 years, including a stint at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. He has also served on the Planning Commission.
With Woerner's appointment, the only member of the council to have never served as vice mayor is the council's lone woman, Laureen Turner, who was elected in 2011.
Earlier in the meeting, the council unanimously approved a measure on the consent calendar that creates two new city jobs. One is an asset management specialist in the city's Water Resources Department, and the other is the reallocation of the city's housing specialist to a senior management analyst position, which can be used across various departments to oversee city projects.
The reallocation was suggested after it was discovered the city's current housing specialist, Frances Reisner, had a number of responsibilities that are beyond the scope of a housing specialist, and more in line with a senior management analyst's position. The City Manager's office recommended the change and a pay bump for the new position.
The water resources position will pay $125,000 per year, and the senior management analyst will cost an extra $22,650. According to a city staff report, both departments have sufficient money in their budgets to pay for these actions, and the water resources position isn't funded by the general fund.
No members of the public or the council commented on the measure.