The town of Carbondale has a new mayor on an interim basis.
Councilman Don Monty was elected unanimously by the city council Tuesday night.
"In the short-term, the most pressing issue is how to deal with the budget,” Monty says. "Most local governments are facing serious economic challenges, and it's going to be critical for the city council to deal with that, not only in the short-term, but in the long term."
Outgoing Mayor Joel Fritzler had his vote struck down by the city attorney after an argument from Councilman Lance Jack.
“I'm pretty easy with however we go on this. I would just really like to make sure it's hammered out and we're doing it according to the law, as according to the intent of the law,” Jack said during the meeting. "Not based on interpretation that may be skewed one way or the other."
Fritzler immediately responded by saying, "I'm just reading plain English," before City Attorney Mike Kimmel voiced similar concerns that the current mayor should not vote for his successor.
Fritzler says he isn’t surprised Jack made the argument.
“I guess nothing about Lance surprises me anymore. I was surprised he actually showed up on time tonight,” Fritzler said after the meeting. "Most times, he will walk in around 7:10 because he doesn't have to participate in the local liquor control commission."
Jack doesn't participate in the liquor commission because of a conflict of interest with his business, Fat Patties, which has a liquor license.