By BOB NORBERG
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Sebastopol Mayor Guy Wilson and Vice Mayor Michael Kyes were elected to second terms Tuesday night in a process that highlighted a split on the council.
Councilwoman Kathleen Shaffer, who was absent, was nominated by Councilman Patrick Slayter, but was rejected in a 1-3 vote. Mayor Guy Wilson, Vice Mayor Michael Kyes and Councilwoman Sarah Gurney cast the no votes.
A first vote for Wilson as mayor stalled in a 2-2 vote, with Wilson and Gurney voting for Wilson. In a third round of voting, Wilson was elected unanimously.
Kyes was re-elected vice mayor on a 3-1 vote, with Slayter in opposition.
Slayter also nominated Shaffer for vice mayor and for chairwoman of the Community Development Agency, but those nominations were not seconded.
Slayter was elected as chairman of the Community Development Agency.
Slayter said that Shaffer, who was elected to the council in 2008, is one of the senior members of the council and deserved to serve as mayor.
The City Council members receive a $300 monthly stipend, plus health, vision and dental benefits.
EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the councilmember who was elected chairman of the Community Development Agency.