Cris Eaton-Welsh, the 2012 mayor pro tem, said Thursday she will bring Duckett’s name to the floor and considers him ably suited for the leadership role.
“He’s very even-keeled, very analytical and he’s got a heart for the city,” she said about the U.S. Air Force veteran and president of Handy Electric.
Duckett said he cannot confirm he will be mayor pro tem, but he is ready to serve.
“It’s probably the way it’s going to go,” he said. “I am more than willing to accept.”
Duckett will be stepping down as liaison to the city’s Recreation and Culture Commission as part of a standard rotation of assignments among city council members, and will be succeeded by Bruce Jenkins.
Jenkins initiated a work session discussion on a greater role for the commission in the fine and visual arts.
“Bruce wanted to give the commission more attention and talk to them about what they want their mission to be,” Eaton-Welsh said. “According to the charter, there are seven charges they have, from being a liaison to promoting culture in the city. It was for discussion only so we could be singing from the same songbook, which is the only way to make the city run.”
Duckett said the commission seeks a signature event or project following its successful work on the Swift-Cantrell Park master plan.
“The board has not really had a project or mission they could hang their hat on in a while,” he said. “As far as having a performing arts center or anything that’s got to have some financial backing, that’s been a problem because we don’t have the money to expand on that right now.”
The work session also included a review of the consent agenda, which is a slate of items that will not require additional discussion Monday night.
The items include:
* Approval of a Kennesaw City Cemetery plot purchase by Frances Clark.
* Reconfirming Bentley, Bentley and Bentley as the city’s lobbyist to the state Legislature.
* Setting qualifying fees for the November elections, in which council posts 3, 4 and 5 will be up for grabs.
* Confirmation of pension committee members representing each of the city departments, elected by employees.