West Palm Beach — the other presidential election

Materio swear in

City Clerk Hazeline Carson, right, on Thursday swore in commissioners Shanon Materio, left, Paula Ryan and Sylvia Moffett to new terms.


[CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the vote was unanimous.]

Though it didn’t quite get as much attention as the national election, West Palm Beach’s presidential election Thursday was more commendable, in that it was over and done in less than a minute.

City commissioners chose south-ender Shanon Materio for a rotation as their president, succeeding Sylvia Moffett. The vote was 3-1 with Keith James dissenting and Paula Ryan departing just prior to the vote.

In a city government where the mayor has most of the power, the commission presidency is largely a ceremonial role, with a few procedural exceptions. The president chairs the city’s Audit Committee, for one, and steps in to run commission meetings in the mayor’s absence.

Materio says she sees the role as a way to make sure all her colleagues diverse voices and areas of expertise get heard on the dais, directing traffic, in a way. “It’s important to see that each commissioner has an opportunity to have a voice,” she said.


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