The Pensacola City Council this morning selected Councilman Charles Bare to serve as council president for the coming year.
Bare is currently serving his last year on the city council after his at-large seat was eliminated by voters in a 2013 referendum. He becomes the council’s sixth president since Pensacola moved to the current mayor-council form of government in 2011.
As several council members pointed out on Tuesday, Bare has at times had a sharply adversarial relationship with Mayor Ashton Hayward and his executive branch, though Bare pointed to his growth as a council member and said he felt he would be able to work with the mayor and his staff.
The first ballot of voting ended with a 4-4 tie between Bare and current president Andy Terhaar. After council members Sherri Myers and Gerald Wingate gave impassioned speeches in support of Bare’s candidacy, the second round went 6-2 in his favor.
“I have strong confidence that Council President Charles Bare will continue to work well with the Executive Office and serve the great citizens of Pensacola with a cooperative spirit,” said Mayor Ashton Hayward. “I wish him the best of luck and look forward to collaborating with him on projects that maintain our City’s positive momentum.”
“I want to congratulate Councilman Bare on being selected as our new president,” said Councilman Johnson. “I look forward to a lot of progress over the next year, and I hope we can move forward on issues like food trucks, UBER, and the human rights ordinance under President Bare’s leadership.”
As Council President, Bare is tasked with presiding over city council meetings and preparing the agenda for meetings. The council president earns an annual salary of $21,000.
The council also voted Tuesday to select Councilman Brian Spencer as vice president.