I have a small, diligent moderation team for a game I develop for and run. They handle problem users and organize events. They also act as a bridge between the community and myself, such that I'm made aware of what the community wants changed/developed.
The player count is beginning to climb, and as a result, I'm becoming far too busy developing new features for the game, and no longer have as much time to look into hiring new moderators or manage the current ones. It's delegation time!
My goal is to determine a moderator that should become the "Lead Moderator" of sorts. They'll be given a few extra permissions, such as being able to see a detailed log of all moderation actions, and give or remove moderator access. They'll also have a binding decision when it comes to new moderator applications.
I have six moderators. All of them do their job well, and are the pillars for managing the community. Of those six, three moderators stand out a bit from the rest. They're more experienced, and are the people I turn to first when I want to know more about a given situation, or want a second opinion on a moderation action by another moderator.
What qualities should I be looking for to narrow my focus to one candidate? Should I ask the moderation team to elect one among themselves?