Rinker voted Cornelius’ next mayor
by Staff Writer
Jeff Tarte presided over his last Cornelius town board meeting as mayor on Dec. 17.
At the same meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to place Mayor Pro Tem Lynette Rinker in the vacant mayoral seat for the remainder of the term.
At the town’s Jan. 7 meeting, Tarte will resign and be sworn into his new role as N.C. State Senator for District 41.
Tarte’s first actions as a senator will be to swear in Rinker as Cornelius’ new mayor.
“I want to tell you how proud I am,” Tarte said. “I look forward to working with her and the rest of the board when I go to Raleigh.”
Rinker is serving in her second term as a town commissioner, but will serve as mayor for the remainder of the term, which ends next November.
Her salary will go from $5,000 for the commissioner’s role, to $12,000 annually as mayor.
Choosing Rinker for mayor, “is a no-brainer,” said Commissioner Dave Gilroy. “Lynette is really the perfect candidate to fill this role. She’s got the experience, knowledge, commitment and capacity.”
The board wasn’t ready to discuss filling the Rinker’s commission seat. The town has advertised for the position and received one application from Cornelius PARC Commission Chairman Bruce Trimbur.
John Bradford echoed a concern he voiced in the board’s meeting two weeks earlier.
“I want to make sure this board, after tonight’s vote, takes the time to have our due diligence. That this town vets out any and every qualified candidate who may step forward. Any time an employee leaves an organization … you interview for that role and interview every top candidate that’s there and make the best choice with informed decisions. And I think we owe it to our town who voted on us to do just that.”