Stuart Bikson retains Rochester mayor’s gavel

Salvia holds on to mayor pro tem title

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published December 21, 2021

 Stuart Bikson will lead the city of Rochester through 2022 as its mayor.

Stuart Bikson will lead the city of Rochester through 2022 as its mayor.

Photo provided by Stuart Bikson

 Nancy Salvia  will serve as the city of  Rochester’s mayor pro-tem through 2022.

Nancy Salvia will serve as the city of Rochester’s mayor pro-tem through 2022.

Photo provided by Nancy Salvia


ROCHESTER — Stuart Bikson will continue to lead the city of Rochester as its mayor through 2022.

Every year, the Rochester City Council elects members to one-year terms for the part-time mayor and mayor pro tem positions. The mayor is paid $65 per meeting, while the mayor pro tem and other council members are paid $55 per meeting.

Bikson, a teacher at Waterford Mott High School, was first elected to the council in 1999, and he previously served as mayor 2006-2008, 2011-2012 and 2019-2021. He has lived in the city for 30 years.

Bikson thanked his peers for electing him mayor of Rochester for another year — through November 2022.

“I just want to say thank you to my colleagues for electing  me mayor,” Bikson said during the Nov. 23 council meeting. “It is very humbling to be elected to City Council. It is even more humbling to be elected by your peers, so thank you very much for that.”

Bikson said his main goals for the city include continuing to fully fund and support the city’s Police and Fire departments, maintaining a balanced city budget, making sure Rochester continues to have one of the lowest tax rates in Oakland County, and ensuring that Rochester continues to provide excellent city services.  

The council named Nancy Salvia as mayor pro tem. Salvia, a financial adviser, has lived in the city for 13 years and has served on the council since 2017, including committee work in infrastructure, facilities, trees, the Community House and the Older Persons’ Commission.

“It’s an honor to be reelected, and I really appreciate the support of the council. It’s greatly appreciated,” Salvia said. 

Salvia said she is focused on fiscal responsibility, infrastructure and “celebrated community lifestyle.”

Salvia, Rochester City Council incumbent Steve Sage and newly elected Council member Douglas Gould were all sworn in during the Nov. 23 council meeting by 52-3 District Court Judge Nancy T. Carniak.

“I wanted to take a moment out to thank you for your commitment to serve,” Carniak said to the council. “I know this job appears to be a thankless one. You certainly hear things from people when things go wrong, and not necessarily the hundreds of times when you do it just right, so it’s probably a little bit the nature of being an elected official. But please know that we truly appreciate your service.”

Rochester City Council meetings are typically held inside Rochester City Hall, 400 Sixth St., at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. 

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