Xay. Contributed photo

Newport’s Council-elect met on Tuesday, November 15 for the purpose of informally electing a Chair and Vice Chair for the 2022-24 Council term.

The official vote for Mayor and Vice-Chair will take place following the inauguration of the new council on December 1.

Council-elect present for the meeting were Angela McCalla, David Carlin, Jeanne Marie Napolitano, Lynn Ceglie, Xaykham “Xay” Rexford Khamsyvoravong, and Mark Aramli. Charlie Holder, Ward 2 Councilor, was absent.

The Council-Elect made the decision to nominate Xaykham “Xay” Rexford Khamsyvoravong, the top vote-getter in last week’s election, as Council Chair/Mayor and Lynn Underwood Ceglie as Vice Chair.

Current Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano nominated Xay, and the vote was unanimous.

Third Ward Council-Elect David Carline nominated Lynn Underwood Ceglie for Vice Chair. All were in favor except for First Ward Councilor Angela McCalla who voted nay.

Xay shared the following on Twitter on Wednesday, November 16;

“I am honored to be selected as Newport’s next Mayor, pending our official inauguration and vote on December 1st. Newport is lucky to have an incoming Council with a diversity of backgrounds and experience. They all care deeply about Newport and their work will be integral to helping the City with the challenges ahead. I am committed to ensuring every Councilor is empowered to help the City, and the unanimous vote affirmed this is a Council ready to get to work, together”.

Xay will join What’sUpNewp for a one-on-one live virtual video conversation on Friday, November 18 at 4 pm. We’ll chat about his campaign, what he hopes to accomplish on the council, and more! Tune on in live or watch anytime afterward on whatsupnewp.com.

The Role of the Mayor

According to the City of Newport’s Code of Ordinances, The Chair “shall have the Title of Mayor and shall preside at all meetings of the Council and shall be recognized as the official head of the City for all ceremonial purposes. He or she shall sign and execute all contracts or other evidences of indebtedness on behalf of the City, make all proclamations in the name of the City and shall be the executive head of the City to the extent required by this Charter. In the absence of the Mayor, or in case of a disability, the Vice-Chair of the Council shall perform all duties of the Mayor”.

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