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Delray Beach city commissioners elect Gray vice mayor

Delray Beach city commissioners recognize Gary Eliopoulos for his service to the city. Eliopoulos, second from the left, stepped down Thursday after completing his second city commiissioner term in office. Also pictured above, from left, Commissioner Fred Fetzer. Mayor Woodie McDuffy and commissioners Angeleta Gray and Adam Frankel.

By David Sedore, Palm Beach

DELRAY BEACH — Say good-bye to Commissioner Gary Eliopoulos. Say hello to Commissioner Tom Carney.

Eliopoulos, the two-term Delray Beach city commissioner who chose not to run for a third during the March municipal election, stepped down Thursday evening during the commission’s annual organizational meeting.

Carney, who replaces Eliopoulos, was sworn in Thursday along with Mayor Woodie McDuffie and Commissioner Adam Frankel. All three won their seats unopposed.

“I can’t thank everybody enough,” Eliopoulos said as he left the dais.

His fellow commissioners universally praised Eliopoulos for his knowledge, dedication to the city and the humor he brought to the job. Frankel called him a “good guy.”

“The good news is he’s still going to be around,” Frankel said.

Said Commissioner Fred Fetzer: “I’ve never seen a more dedicated elected official than Commissioner Gary.”

Carney comes to the commission from the Delray Beach Community Reinvestment Agency, where he served as a board member. “I’m very honored to be up here with all of you,” Carney said. “I’m looking forward to working with you and staff. I’m excited about the possibilities of the city.”

Also Thursday, commissioners elected Angeleta Gray as vice mayor and Carney as deputy vice mayor.

The election of vice mayor provided the closest thing to a moment of drama during the meeting. Gray actually nominated Frankel for a second term in the job, but Fetzer said he believed the position should rotate among commission members as has been the tradition and would not vote for Frankel. Frankel immediately declined Gray’s nomination, and Fetzer nominated Gray.

In other business, commissioners:

— Agreed to continue meeting on the first three Tuesdays of each month, with the exception of April 19, which is the second Passover Seder. They will meet on Thursday April 21 instead.

— Agreed to adopt established meeting rules without change.

The Delray Beach City Commission 2011-12 edition.

The Delray Beach City Commission 2011-12 edition. From left, commissioners Fred Fetzer and Angeleta Gray, Mayor Woodie McDuffie and commissioners Tom Carney and Adam Frankel.

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