He was the swing vote, the only one acceptable to both sides.
Kuhl and councilor James Wozniak endorsed Salm, who sent one of two applications that the city received for the mayoral position. Councilor James Moody originally supported Terry Donahue, a city planning and zoning commissioner who served as Creston's mayor for 14 years.
Moody said he didn't think it was a good idea to pick a mayor from the council. However, he decided to support Salm after the council voted 3-2 against Donahue. Kuhl, Wozniak and Salm offered the opposing votes.
In a couple weeks we'll see if folks petition for a special election.