Today, Councilwoman Maureen McGinnis will be sworn in as interim Mayor of Troy; she'll hold the office until Monday night when Councilman Dane Slater rotates into the Mayor Pro Tem position that will be vacated by McGinnis on schedule.
The Council and interim Mayor will then begin the task of working together to appoint a new mayor for Troy. I am hopeful that the full body will be able to look forward together while reflecting on the mistakes of the past to figure out how best to serve ALL the residents of Troy.
Indeed, it is a wise person who can look back to see where things went off the proverbial rails.
Radio talk show host Charlie Langton gave Janice Daniels that opportunity yesterday on his show. Two or three times he repeated the question, "What would you do differently?" In true form, Daniels never answered, responding only with a complaint that the media was unbalanced...that if only the media had reported things accurately, she'd have gotten a fair shake. In the Oakland Press, she even stated that the media was responsible for the poor portrayal of her to the public:
Daniels declined to have her photo taken for this article, stating that the media has “never been fair” with her photos.
“Your newspaper helped perpetrate (the recall),” she said.
Now, I'll be the first to say that I am NOT a photogenic person; I rarely like pictures of myself, hate seeing myself on the Council Jumbo tron, and cringed when I saw playback of myself during a Town Hall discussion or on the local news.
But last time I checked, how I am photographed/filmed has very little effect on my ability to complete the tasks with which I am charged.
No, being Mayor of Troy is not about looking good for pictures. It's about being the representative for all residents...acting for the will of all citizens...reflecting and representing the desires of the entire community.
Being Mayor of Troy is not about personal ideology. It's about collective needs, goals and purpose.
This current council has shown the ability to work together. Not since the very first early votes on the Transit Center have we seen real division or discord that extended beyond the Mayor's chair. Under the calm and wise navigation of Dane Slater, I have no doubt that the engine of Troy's democracy will be sent down the right tracks.
The people have spoken, and any future leader would be wise to listen. After too long, Troy can finally get BACK on track. We're wiser for the journey, and hopeful for the future.
We SAVED TROY again.