David Gordon, a man with seven years under his belt as a member of the Burbank City Council, was this week selected by his colleagues to serve the coming year as vice mayor. And, unless his peers lose faith in his leadership abilities within the coming 12 months, it is highly likely they will elevate him to the position of mayor in the spring of 2014.
A casual observer might wonder what took so long for Gordon to achieve this position, as it is far more common for city councils to take turns and rotate people into the largely ceremonial positions. The simple answer is that a majority of the council, as it was formerly constituted, lacked confidence that he was the right person to one day wield the gavel as mayor. He's known for standing alone on issues, which doesn't always engender good feelings among those who are trying to reach a consensus.