The full City Council today rubber-stamped Mayor Daley’s selection of Ninth Ward alderman Anthony Beale as the new chairman of the council’s police and fire committee, but some aldermen quietly bitched—before and after the vote—about how the appointment was made. That’s because under the City Council’s rules of order aldermen are supposed to choose who sits on what committee, but they’ve long yielded that privilege to the mayor.

By now Daley can count on council to give his picks the thumbs up just hours after he makes them.