Mayor-Elect Alvin Brown congratulates Stephen Joost.
By Kevin Rincon
Jacksonville, FL —
The newly elected members of City Council in Duval decided on a new president and vice president.
Warren Jones and Reggie Brown nominated Stephen Joost as president, and he won unanimously with a 19-0 vote.
When nominating Joost, Jones cited him as a dedicated family man, a business man who knows what the city needs to get through these difficult times and mentioned his strong record with Firehouse Subs.
Brown echoed those sentiments and said that Joost is the right man for the job, a man who can build a bridge between the council and the mayor’s office.
Elected as vice president was Bill Bishop. He ran unopposed as well and won unanimously with a 19-0 vote.
Going forward Joost announced he wants to make sure the council is making a similar sacrifice as to those here in Jacksonville, so he’s looking to see if they can pool their assistants. “What they used to do in the past is they used to pool assistances,” says Joost, “and it worked in the past.”
He says we’re in a unique position because almost half of the council members coming are new. He wants them to use assistants who are going to be sticking around instead of getting their own. “We got to do more with less,” says Joost, “And if it doesn’t work, we can always go back.”
As for Bishop, he mentioned the budget would be the number one priority for most of the year. Aside from that he wants to focus on downtown development. He says, “We’ve got to get a handle on it to know where we’re going, we’ve been floundering for the past couple of years.”