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    Santa Paula: Filling Vacancies and Council Elections

    By Sheryl Hamlin

    The December 4, 2019 Santa Paula City Council included two important vacancies and the annual council elections for Mayor and Vice Mayor.

    Vacancy of City Clerk

    After receiving no application which met all the criteria, including residency, the city received an application from a qualified resident, who is currently the Principal of San Sebastian elementary school: Maria Grace Kelly. After her swearing in by Acting Deputy City Clerk Nunez, the new City Clerk took her seat observing the rest of the meeting.

    Maria Grace Kelly sworn by Jacquelyn Nunez

    Dan Singer is Officially City Manager

    After a stint as Parks and Recs Director, Acting City Manager, and Provisional City Manager, Dan Singer is now the official City Manager with a ratified contract. Having been in the city as various positions, his move to permanency was “seamless”, as he characterized it. Always the diplomat, City Manager Singer praised Council Member Juarez for his architectural skills in building the parade float in which he rode along with the council and SPPD Chief Rodriguez.

    City Manager Dan Singer

    Election of Mayor

    Acting Deputy City Clerk Nunez read the prescribed format for the election to the council.

    Acting Deputy City Clerk Nunez

    Council Member Juarez nominated Vice Mayor Rick Araiza. There were no other nominations. The nomination was closed and the roll call vote was unanimous. The new Mayor Araiza took the middle seat.

    Election of Vice Mayor

    Mayor Araiza nominated Council Member Juarez. With no other nominations, the nominating process was closed. In a roll call vote, Council Member Juarez was elected Vice Mayor unanimously.

    The New Team

    Congratulatory Statements

    All council members spoke of the outgoing mayor and the incoming officers of the council positively.

    To watch the video, click here.

    For information on author, click here: sheryl hamlin dot com


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