Ronnie Rimbert was chosen by unanimous vote Monday to lead Oberlin city council.
In the first meeting of 2016, he was named president of the city’s legislative body with newcomer Linda Slocum as vice president.
Rimbert replaces former president Scott Broadwell and Slocum will take over for Sharon Fairchild-Soucy.
“It’s an extreme honor not to just sit here but to be reelected to council and to work with councilman Pearson, councilman Burgess, councilman Broadwell, councilman Singleton, councilman Soucy, and of course councilman Slocum,” Rimbert said. “It’s a very exciting time especially for the seven of us to be able to represent this great city.”
This will not be Rimbert’s first time serving as president of council.
“I’m extremely proud of that fact and I’ve done it again several different times but it never changes,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with my six colleagues as we look forward to assisting this great community.”
The biggest smile stretched across Slocum’s face when she received the vote of confidence and took her new vice president seat next to Rimbert.
“I appreciate everyone’s support in electing me to council and I’m very much looking forward to working with this council and with the appointees to move the city forward,” she said. “It’s an exciting time and we should all enjoy it.”
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @ValUrbanik on Twitter.
Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Ronnie Rimbert was elected council president and Linda Slocum was chosen as vice president as Oberlin’s legislative body convened for the first time in the new year.