Jan Davis is Asheville’s new vice mayor following an organizational meeting today by City Council. The meeting also saw the swearing in of Bill Russell and a formal farewell to two-year termer Bryan Freeborn.
The rush to nominate and unanimous support of Davis in his new role led Mayor Terry Bellamy to remark, “I think it speaks very well when so many people want to nominate you.”
Davis said he wants to continue Council member Holly Jones’ initiative to encourage citizen activity in the city’s boards and commissions, and said he “just wants to be available for what needs to be done.”
The vice mayor presides over Council meetings when the mayor is absent.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer