By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
A new Yukon mayor will be named next Tuesday night.
The first order of business at the Yukon City Council’s May 5th regular meeting will be the election of the next mayor. The Yukon City Council selects a mayor and vice mayor each May to serve the next year.
Mike McEachern has been Yukon’s mayor for the past two years. McEachern will officially leave office next Tuesday after eight years as the Ward 4 council member.
McEachern could not seek another term due to the Yukon City Charter, which restricts city council members from serving more than two consecutive terms in office.
Yukon’s current vice mayor is Donna Yanda, who has been Ward 3 representative for six years.
Ward 2 Council Member Shelli Selby and Ward 1 Council Member Rick Cacini have both been on the city council for two years. At-Large Council Member Jeff Wootton is finishing his first year in office.
Council members will not publicly tip their hands about who will be chosen on Tuesday as Yukon’s new mayor.
Cacini did describe the qualities he believes the next mayor should possess.
“It should be someone with experience in budgeting, personnel and engineering,” Cacini said. “A ‘people person’ who loves Yukon and its residents and helps charity organizations and folks when they need it.
“The mayor must know how to compromise and work with a variety of cultures and people. They also should have a great background in negotiating.”