The next Montgomery County Council will not be sworn in until Monday, but most of the decisions about its leadership already have been made. And with few exceptions, it seems the transition will be smoother than last year's, when the council abandoned a decades-old tradition by bypassing then-council Vice President Roger Berliner for council president. In a split vote in December 2009, the council elected Nancy M. Floreen as council president.
This year, council Vice President Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring appears unchallenged, and is expected to be elected president on Tuesday, the day after the new council's term begins. Ervin said Monday that Berliner is likely to be the council's next vice president. Berliner said he jokes that he "campaigned on his experience" in the position.
His election as vice president is largely a way to make up for the votes against him a year ago, and to put that part of the council's history behind, he said. This time, Berliner said, he is confident that he will make the transition from vice president to president when it is his turn in 2011. SOURCE: Gazette