The Boston City Council voted 8 to 5 Monday to elect William Linehan of South Boston as its new president. Linehan was elected to the council in 2007 and before that worked as director of operations for the city parks department and as a special assistant to the city's chief operating officer during the rein of former Mayor Thomas Menino. Linehan's election followed the swearing-in at Boston College of Marty Walsh as the city's new mayor.
After voting to select South Boston’s William Linehan as their new president, councilors heard from Mayor Walsh for the first time. Walsh asked the councilors to work together and with his administration in the coming years.
“There’s going to be times when we don’t agree on issues. There’s going to be times when you don’t agree on issues,” Walsh said, before urging the council to “leave the fight on the floor” after deliberations.
Walsh congratulated Linehan on the presidency and said he looked forward to working with him.