ROCKLAND, Maine — William “Will” Clayton became Rockland’s 18th and youngest mayor since the city began its current form of government.
Clayton was elected Monday night by the council as its mayor for the next 12 months. He received votes of four of the five councilors. Councilor Elizabeth Dickerson cast a blank ballot.
The 33-year-old Clayton is executive meetings manager and wedding coordinator for the Samoset Resort in Rockport. He was elected to the council in 2010 as the top vote-getter, with 1,194 votes in a three-way race for two open seats.
Clayton succeeds Brian Harden, who has held the mayor’s post for the past two years.
“We will discuss, deliberate and even disagree on items before us, but that is the basis of our democratic process which we all hold dear,” Clayton said.
He asked residents to contact councilors with their concerns. He noted that a Rockland resident who is blind contacted councilors and Clayton went on a tour of city streets with the man to see how things that may go unnoticed by many people can be extremely hazardous but can be fixed easily.
“And although we may disagree on any given subject at a particular time, please do not think for one second that we aren’t fully engaged in what our common goals are — the promotion, betterment and future success of Rockland,” the new mayor concluded.
Rockland’s mayor presides over meetings, oversees ceremonial events, meets with city staff to set council agendas and nominates people to municipal boards and commissions.
Before his election to the council, Clayton served on the Rockland Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Rockland Board of Assessment Review and the Rockland Personnel Board.
Also at the Monday night reorganizational meeting of the council, Frank Isganitis, co-owner and operator of the Limerock Inn, was sworn in for a seat on the city council. Isganitis had been sworn in for a council seat two years ago before the results of that election were overturned by a recount.