The Everett Common Council and Board of Aldermen met in back-to-back meetings Monday night to organize for the coming year and marked the final elections of presidents for those two venerable bodies, as Everett begins its final year with a bi-cameral form of municipal government.
Beginning in January 2014, the city will move to a single 11-member elected council, and the days of dual branches of local government will be over.
Leading the Common Council as its final president in 2013 will be John Leo McKinnon, who was the only member nominated to the position and was unanimously elected by the body on Monday night.
The election was presided over by Councilor Lou Sierra.
State Senator Sal DiDomenico, who began his political career on the Common Council, presented McKinnon with a citation congratulating him on being elected to serve as President of the final Common Council and also presented last year’s President Daniel Napolitano with a statehouse citation for his work as well.
Following the election and the formality of adopting Council rules for the coming year, the body adjourned until next week and the Board of Alderman opened a similarly brief meeting to elect a president and set rules.
Ward Six Alderman Sal Sachetta, now in his fifth year on the Board, was unanimously elected to serve as President, following his nomination by Alderman Charles DiPerri.
A gracious and visibly touched Sachetta thanked his colleagues for showing their faith in him and for the respect they’ve shown him over the past five years since his first election to the board.
DiDomenico presented Sachetta and outgoing Board President Joseph McGonagle with citations as well, noting that 2013 will also mark the final Board of Aldermen in the city.