|Landman named Cotati's new mayor
Dell'Osso tabbed as vice mayor; Gilardi mum on future plans
Councilman Mark Landman was elevated to the position of mayor by a unanimous 5-0 vote at Wednesday night's Cotati City Council meeting, and John Dell'Osso was named Vice Mayor.
Landman, a retired Novato fire captain, was appointed to the council in 2009 to replace Mayor John Guardino, who resigned. He won re-election in 2010 and is up again for election in 2014.
"I'd like to thank the people in the community for their support, thank them for their encouragement and thank them for their help in trying to move this community forward," Landman said. "We've had some good years and I'm looking forward to some more."
Dell'Osso was appointed to the council in 2011 to fill out the term of the late Robert Coleman-Senghor, who died on April 9, 2011. Dell'Osso won re-election last November.
"I think the first thing that comes to mind is once again, you never know what's going to happen," Landman said. "I think if you look back in the events of the last few days, life is full of surprises, especially in Cotati it seems."
Landman may have been referring to a report in the Press Democrat, which said new 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin offered outgoing Vice Mayor Pat Gilardi the full-time position of district director.
Gilardi, before placing Landman's name in nomination, told the council and a near-capacity crowd at city hall she was unable to accept a nomination to be mayor if it came about. During a brief break for refreshments to celebrate the changing of the guard, Gilardi was asked for a reason why she would not accept the nomination, but she repeatedly had no comment. When asked if she expected to complete the final two years of her term, she again declined comment.
"When I have a comment, everyone will know," she said.
Gilardi has been on the council since 2000. If she accepts Gorin's offer, she'll be required to step down from not only the council but also her board post on the county Transportation Authority.
Landman said he had no idea which way Gilardi was leaning, but stated, "I'll view it as a win-win if it happens. I support Susan Gorin, and I know if Pat takes it, she'll do a great job for her, which will only help us in Cotati."