From the hoots, cheers and whistles, a person walking by may not have thought a Campbell City Council meeting was in session.
The city council met on Dec. 6 to hear parting words from its then-current Mayor Jason Baker and then to discuss and take a vote on who would move into the mayor's and vice mayor's seat.
Councilman Evan Low nominated Vice Mayor Michael Kotowski for the mayorship and the rest of the council followed suit, unanimously voting in Kotowski for his third go at Mayor of Campbell.
Councilman Rich Waterman then nominated Low as the next Vice Mayor, which was also unanimously approved by council.
The tone at the meeting was a jovial one. A large crowd was present. The councilmen spoke of their outgoing mayor with kindness and respect. And the new mayor thanked the current council for all of its work and dedication over the past year.
"It’s been a tough year, but we have done the job," Kotowski said to the audience. "I’m bragging for you all. We have the best police department, best city, best chamber of commerce in the west valley ... I’m proud of that and I’m proud of being mayor of that and we want to keep it going."
Kotowski is not new to the council, nor to the mayorship. He was first elected to the city council in 1983 and served for 10 years. Kotowski served the city of Campbell as its mayor in 1985 and 1990. In 2008, he was re-elected to the city council.
“Not only is he a very well qualified person to be there but he has his heart and soul in Campbell and what is going on here and he will be a great mayor,” said Jim Free, President of the .