Originally published in the Falls Church Patch by Mary Ann Barton on January 7, 2014
The City of Falls Church City Council elected council member David Tarter as mayor, and council member David Snyder as vice mayor Monday night at its special meeting. Snyder has previously served as mayor and vice mayor.
You can read more about the new mayor on his “Meet Dave” page from his campaign Web site.
Former Mayor Nader Baroukh’s city council term continues through Dec. 31, 2015. Baroukh, who served two terms as mayor, declined to seek a another term, he said, to spend more time with his family. He nominated Tarter for mayor at Monday night’s meeting; Tarter was then elected in a roll call vote by members of the council.
“I’m deeply honored by your selection this evening, I appreciate the confidence you’ve shown in me,” Tarter said. “I’d like to especially thank my predecessor Nader Baroukh for all his hard work and dedication to the city. He has much to be proud of.”
He said the City of Falls Church faces challenges, including surging student enrollment, demand for capital improvements for schools, library, city hall and other infrastructure and continued pressure on the tax rate.