Mayor Julian Castro has been confirmed at Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and will be resigning as mayor.  So what happens now?

  "There will be a special meeting called in the next week or two," north side Councilman Joe Krier told News Radio 1200 WOAI.  "And anybody who wants to be considered for interim mayor has to file an intent to do that within three days of that meeting being called."

  Council can only select the next mayor, who will serve until the May 2015 municipal election, from among the ten members of City Council, something which Krier and other council members say restricts the decision too severely.

  "We'll have an opportunity to do some charter reform in another year or so, and that would be a good time to change the charter so somebody outside can be chosen," Krier said.  "We have a lot of good people in this city who would make a good mayor."

   The big question on City Council is whether the interim mayor should be a councilman who is believed to be among the running for mayor next year, like downtown's Diego Bernal, or whether a person should be appointed who has expressed no desire to run for a full term, like Ray Lopez from the northwest side.

  Lopez and east side councilwoman Ivy Taylor are considered the most likely choices by the council.  Both have seniority among existing council members, and many council members are said to be excited about the idea of appointing Taylor, who would be the city's first ever African American mayor.

  "I am going to look for who will be the best mayor between now and may, and whether he or she decided to run next year is up to them," Krier said.

  Castro was expected to announce his resignation Wednesday afternoon following his confirmation to the President's cabinet, but he said the resignation will wait until after his successor is determined.  Castro will not begin to draw his cabinet salary until he is sworn into office, and a time for that has not been determined.