The longest-serving member of the Town Council is now also its vice mayor.
Marty Martinez was elected vice mayor by his peers Monday night, in a 4-1-1-1 vote.
He was put forward for appointment by the Town Council’s newest member, Neil Steinberg. His appointment was also supported by Mayor Kelly Burk, Councilman Tom Dunn, and Martinez. Councilman Ron Campbell abstained from the vote and Councilman Josh Thiel dissented. Councilwoman Suzanne Fox, who served as the town’s vice mayor for the past two years, was absent for the vote.
As vice mayor, Martinez would be tapped to run council meetings should Burk be absent.
It’s Martinez’s second stint as vice mayor, having previously served in the post from 2004 to 2006. Martinez was first elected to the council in 2002, and re-elected to his fifth four-year council term in November. Assuming he serves the full length of his current term, he will be on the council for 20 years.