Sarah Marsh elected vice mayor in Fayetteville

Sarah Marsh / Photo: City of Fayetteville

The Fayetteville City Council elected a new vice mayor before the start of the first meeting of 2019.

The council on Thursday elected Ward 1 Council Member Sarah Marsh to the position. She was nominated by Mark Kinion, and was elected unanimously. It’s her second time serving as vice mayor. She also held the position in 2016.

Marsh replaces Kinion, who served as vice mayor for three non-consecutive terms. He served as vice mayor in 2014, 2015 and 2018. Kinion was also elected to serve as vice mayor for the final meeting of 2017 after then-vice mayor Alan Long resigned from the council.

The vice mayor post is a mostly ceremonial position that fills in when the mayor is absent.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan has so far been present at all 248 meetings since beginning his first term in 2009, but has on a few occasions stepped out of the council chambers briefly during a meeting, requiring the vice mayor to take over as chair.