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Glaser poised to become Rockland's mayor

By Stephen Betts | Nov 13, 2020
Councilor Ed Glaser

Rockland — Councilor Ed Glaser is expected to be elected mayor at the City Council's re-organizational meeting set for Nov. 16.

A poll of councilors and councilor-elects shows that Glaser has votes from at least three of the five.

The mayor post in Rockland is largely ceremonial. The mayor runs the Council meetings, presides over official and civic events, and nominates members to city boards and commissions. The position, however, also often sets the tone for a council during the year.

The position runs from November to November each year.

Glaser was a schooner captain and served 12 years as Rockland's harbormaster. The Old County Road resident was elected to the City Council in 2016 and reelected in 2019.

He is the senior member of the Council with four years of experience.

Councilors Nate Davis and Ben Dorr said they would support Glaser for mayor.

Davis said he would like the organizational meeting this year to actually have some discussion of what councilors would like to see in a mayor and why members might be supporting someone.

"In the past it's been opaque to the public," he said.

Councilor-Elect Sarah Austin said she would support someone with more seniority than herself. Councilor-Elect Louise MacLellan-Ruf declined to comment about who she would support.

Glaser said after serving four years on the council he would love to be mayor.

"I doubt that I could do as good a job as most of the city's previous mayors, but it would be an honor to try. I think that the biggest challenge this coming year is how to make city government more open to citizen input while keeping everyone safe from Covid-19, and still getting the work of government done," he said.

Glaser succeeds Mayor Lisa Westkaemper who served two consecutive terms as mayor. She was the first councilor to serve two consecutive terms since Brian Harden who was elected in 2010 and 2011. Harden also served as mayor in 2005 and 2006.

Tom Molloy holds the record for terms as mayor — being elected to the post seven times — the first time in 1987 and the last time in 2004.

The Nov. 16 meeting will be held in the council chambers at City Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: George Terrien | Nov 14, 2020 11:43

Congratulations, Ed ( even if I am premature)!  You have served us well, with constancy, commitment, and judgment well-exercised.  Thank you!  I look forward to seeing you lead us on as we continue to turn our many corners (some of them rougher than others, as I know you well know, even better than I).


Posted by: Rick Winslow | Nov 14, 2020 09:24

Ed! Well now. Did you ever think you'd become Mayor all those years ago? I'm sure there are a few of us out here in cyber-world that have grins on our faces with this announcement.

Good luck.

Posted by: Margaret McCrea | Nov 13, 2020 19:28

Good luck, Ed....Rockland is fortunate.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Nov 13, 2020 08:00

Ed you are well deserving of this honor and feel you will receive support from your other fellow councilors.  Well all but one.

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