The new acting mayor of Carbondale has a lot of experience in the area.
Don Monty, who was sworn in yesterday to fill the rest of Joel Fritzler’s term, has over three decades of experience working in City Hall. He even retired for a while, which Monty says was a relief to his wife.
“I think she was hoping that with my retirement, I would have much more free time," Monty says. "I've got to tell you, there is no such thing in my life anymore.”
All jokes aside, Monty says the upcoming budget discussions will be difficult.
"I know from some conversations with City Manager (Kevin Baity) that this is going to be a particularly difficult year to put together a budget, and entails some very tough decisions."
Monty was selected unanimously by the city council and is leaving his current seat to take the Mayor role. He will serve until Fritzler's original term expires next Spring.
Applications will be accepted until noon Feb. 14 for the open seat, and Monty says a new member will be selected by the beginning of March.