By Agrippina Fadel
Commissioner Marlon Bolton was selected as the new vice mayor of Tamarac.
Bolton, vice mayor from 2019 to 2020, pulled the records from the prior years to show that the districts don’t always alternate in the title selection.
He then nominated himself at the Dec. 14 commission meeting.
“With that historical data, I believe that I am ready again to take the role of the vice mayor, and it would be my pleasure,” Bolton said.
Commissioner Elvin Villalobos then nominated himself, saying he wanted to allow Bolton to have the vice mayor title next year when the latter will be running for reelection.
Mayor Michelle Gomez called for a vote, and Bolton won the title with him, Wright, and Daniel voting yes.
During his time as vice mayor in 2019, Bolton got into hot water with a leaked budget amendment memo that included hundreds of thousands of dollars in perks for himself and the rest of the commission.
He denied any wrongdoing, blaming everyone else, including Gomez, former city manager Michael Cernech and even former Vice Mayor Mike Gelin. The Broward Office of the Inspector General issued an ethics investigation.
As vice mayor, Bolton was also accused of bullying the staff, firefighters, and residents and creating a hostile working environment. The accusations were serious enough for the city to commission an investigation, which found that all the complaints had merit.
The term for vice mayor in Tamarac is for one year.
- Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and received her master's in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has been a US resident for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.
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