Ruane elected Mayor, Denham Vice Mayor for 2010-11
At Tuesday morning’s City Council meeting, Kevin Ruane was unanimously elected to serve as the 22nd Mayor of the City of Sanibel, reversing roles with Mick Denham, who was appointed Vice Mayor.
City Attorney Ken Cuyler started the session seated in the center seat on the dais, asking the five councilmen for any nominations for the mayoral post. The lone hand that was raised belonged to Denham.
“I would like to nominate Kevin Ruane as the next Mayor of the City of Sanibel,” he said, which was quickly seconded by councilman and former Mayor Marty Harrity.
Ruane’s nomination was approved, 5-0.
Ruane has served as a member of the City Council since 2007. He serves as the council liaison to Community Housing Resources, the Coastal Land Trust, the General Employee Pension Board of Trustees and the Police Pension Board of Trustees.
In addition, Ruane also serves as a member of the Lee County Tourism Development Council and is the alternate liaison to the Metropolitan Planning Organization.
He was sworn in to office by City Manager Judie Zimomra, with his wife Doreen and 13-year-old son Kevin by his side.
“To my fellow council, I thank you for your support and electing me as Mayor,” he said later in the meeting, noting that he liked to remember two things that his father taught him: “If you can’t raise revenues, you have to cut expenses” and “In life, you have to play the cards you’re dealt. You can’t give them back.”
Some of the challenges facing the city in the coming year, Ruane explained, was the economic conditions facing Sanibel, Lee County and the nation, the real estate market drop, the ominous hurricane season forecast and the potential for brown algae events on the island.
“I am quite concerned about this upcoming year and urge my fellow council members to stay focused as we enter the budget process,” he said.
Following Ruane’s election as Mayor, Harrity nominated Jim Jennings to serve as Vice Mayor in 2010-11. Peter Pappas countered with his nomination of Denham, which subsequently prevailed, 3-2.
“For the sake of a unanimous vote, I will vote yes,” said Harrity prior to the election of Vice Mayor, which ended with Denham’s appointment, 5-0.
“Again, I think we’ve put together an outstanding team that’s willing to work together,” he said.
Denham was also sworn in by Zimomra, with wife Sue standing beside him.