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Weinacht appointed as Cedar Rapids mayor pro tem

Cedar Rapids City Council member Susie Weinacht smiles towards Mayor Ron Corbett during the morning council meeting in the City Council Chamber at City Hall in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids City Council member Susie Weinacht smiles towards Mayor Ron Corbett during the morning council meeting in the City Council Chamber at City Hall in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids City Council member Susie Weinacht has been appointed by her peers to serve as the council’s mayor pro tempore for a one-year term.

The City Council voted Jan. 8. to approve her new role, which was included as a resolution on the consent agenda.

Weinacht succeeds Scott Olson, who filled the role for the most recent one-year period.

When Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart took office in 2018, he instituted a rotation system for mayor pro tempore. He said he wanted to turn first to the four most senior members on the council, including Weinacht.

An at-large member of the council, Weinacht was first elected in 2015.

The mayor pro tempore typically is called upon to serve in place of the mayor in his or her absence.

In other council news, Weinacht has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2019 Public Safety and Crime Prevention federal advocacy committee, which helps develop the organization’s federal policy positions on issues involving crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control.

Weinacht also was accepted into the Harvard Kennedy School’s Leadership for the 21st Century program at Harvard University. This is a one-week immersion program, which Weinacht notes she is paying for out of pocket.

Council member Ashley Vanorny has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2019 Community and Economic Development federal advocacy committee, which helps develop the organization’s federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness.

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