Taking its lead from the "unusual history on the council," as Mayor Matt Grocott puts it, the San Carlos City Council took an unorthodox, yet perfectly legitimate approach to reorganizing itself Monday night.
By unanimous vote, Grocott will retain his rank as mayor through March 11, 2013, at which time the current vice mayor, Bob Grassilli will take the gavel and councilmember Mark Olbert will become vice mayor.
Prior to the nominations for mayor and vice mayor, Grocott explained the circumstances by which he will now split the mayoral term with Grasilli. He suggested he stay in the role through March 11. The council agreed with Grocott's reasoning and voted unanimously to keep him on through March, at which time Grassilli will take over.
Typically, the mayor position rotates after one year, but, as Grocott explained, nothing has been typical in San Carlos since 2001 when then-mayor David Buckmaster left the council after serving just two years of his four-year term.
"That made for a difficult rotation," said Grocott Monday night.
"The ripple effect of that affected my time on the council. This is my third term on the council, and I'm serving as mayor because of a resignation."
Grocott was referring to the resignation in April of Andy Klein, who cited personal reasons for leaving the council.
Grassilli and Grocott are on the same election cycle, which means they are both up for re-election in 2013.