As part of Gary Davis' authority as mayor and with the consent of the city council, he has the responsibility to recommend appointments to the city of Elk Grove's various committees and commissions. In an early test of this authority at last night's city council meeting, Davis failed to get council consent on a surprising nomination for the planning commission.
Davis placed former city council member and mayoral rival Sophia Scherman's name into nomination to replace Planning Commissioner Frank Maita. Scherman, who lost to Davis in November's mayoral election and whose seat was eliminated by decennial reapportionment, was often at ideological loggerheads with Davis during the six years they served together.
As quick as Davis entered her name into nomination, the moved died. Without hesitation Council Member Jim Cooper objected.
"I wouldn't be in support of that," Cooper said.
Council Member Steve Detrick quickly agreed while Pat Hume was silent. Hume was appointed by Scherman to the Planning Commission in 2000.
Davis suggested that Maita continue to serve and the council agreed.