STOCKTON — As different faces join the Stockton City Council on the dais Tuesday, an incumbent will be taking on a new role.

Councilman Dan Wright has been chosen by Mayor Michael Tubbs to be the city’s next vice mayor, and the appointment will be considered by the council Tuesday night.

“I am humbled and honored to be nominated as Stockton’s vice mayor,” he said. “I look forward to working with Mayor Tubbs and the council to continue our city’s positive momentum. My work will be tightly focused on building opportunity and prosperity for our city and its residents.”

If approved, Wright will succeed Elbert Holman as vice mayor. Holman was selected vice mayor in 2017, and his tenure on the council ended in 2018 as he termed out of office.

Appointed to the council in 2015, Wright said becoming vice mayor will not make him more important than the other five council members.

“This is about what we can accomplish as a council, not what I can accomplish,” he said. “We’re policy makers, and we need to make sure the policies we put in place don’t get the city in trouble.”

Wright noted the city’s bankruptcy in 2013 as a policy decision that might have been handled differently if the current council had been faced with the situation.

He said the decision to declare bankruptcy was not a mistake, but had others been in office, he said there could have been the potential to avoid the move.

In addition to being policy makers, Wright said that council members must continue to represent the constituents of their districts and address their concerns.

“I am always talking to people on the streets or during my community office hour,” he said. “The most common issue that comes up is homelessness and blight in the city. I know both of those are difficult to measure or address, but it is those kinds of issues are constituents want us to discuss more.”

To tackle those concerns, Wright said the council should hold more discussions about affordable housing, economic development and violent crime prevention.

He said attracting employers that offer higher wages and providing housing stock the majority of Stocktonians can afford could potentially give more people jobs and roofs over their heads to help decrease the homeless population.

Wright retired from his post as assistant superintendent and director at Stockton Unified School District last spring, and served as the agency’s acting superintendent following the departure of Eliseo Davalos in 2017.

“Councilmember Dan Wright is a dedicated public servant,” Tubbs said. “His experience in public education and work representing District 2, will serve the city well in his new role as vice mayor.”

Also on the agenda

Tuesday’s meeting will begin with the swearing in of Councilwoman Christina Fugazi, who was re-elected to the District 5 seat in November.

Sol Jobrack will be sworn in to the District 1 seat as he replaces Holman, and former councilman Paul Canepa will be sworn in as he returns to the District 3 seat, replacing Susan Lofthus.

Along with the appointment of vice mayor, the council will consider Tubbs’ appointments to council committees on its consent calendar.

There are 31 committees on which council members serve, including the Climate Action Plan Committee, the League of California Cities and the Delta Coalition.

The council also will receive a first quarter budget update on the consent calendar.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, 525 N. Center St. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. A reception will follow the meeting.

Contact reporter Wes Bowers at (209) 546-8258, or wbowers@recordnet.com. Follow him on Twitter @WesBo26.