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City Council Reorganization

April 26, 2004


New Council Members Buchanan and Joffe Honor Campaign Pledge to Vote for Maurer as Mayor Pro Tem, Make Presence Known with First Act at Reorganization Meeting  At the annual City Council reorganization meeting on Monday, Mayor Bart Doyle and City Council Member Doug Hayes stepped down, City Treasurer Doug Berkshire was honored for decades of service to the community (photo upper left), new Council Members John Buchanan and Enid Joffe assumed their new positions, new City Treasurer Richard Mays was sworn in, and Nancy Schollenberger took the oath of office to continue serving as City Clerk.  The meeting began on a somber note, with a moment of silence in remembrance of two long time Sierra Madreans who passed away last week, Mary Maurer, wife of George Maurer, and Rev. Spencer Edwards, who was instrumental in bringing Gooden School to Sierra Madre.  Then, outgoing Treasurer Berkshire, Mayor Doyle and Council Member Hayes were all presented with certificates of commendation for their service to the community, by representatives of Congressman David Dreier, State Sen. Bob Margett, Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, the City of Sierra Madre, and in the cases of Doyle and Hayes, Supervisor Michael Antonovich.  Hayes and Doyle also were recognized by the City of Arcadia, represented by Arcadia City Council Member John Wuo.  Then all the new office holders were sworn in.  After the new Council members had taken their seats, Mayor Pro Tem Rob Stockly was nominated and voted to the position of Mayor.  However, Stockly then decided to break with tradition, which calls for the Council Member who received the most votes in the last election to be nominated as Mayor Pro Tem.  George Maurer had received the most votes in the prior election, but Stockly, after noting a couple times how difficult it was, chose to nominate Tonja Torres over Maurer, noting the personal loss suffered by Maurer just days before, when his wife of 59 years, Mary, had passed away.  He then called for a second.  None of the Council Members seconded the motion, and the nomination was withdrawn.  At the Kiwanis Candidates Forum earlier this month, an anonymous questioner had asked the candidates if they would carry on the tradition and vote for Maurer as Mayor Pro Tem, and both Buchanan and Joffe had answered in the affirmative.  After Stockly's nomination of Torres was withdrawn, Joffe nominated George Maurer, and Buchanan seconded.  Maurer was then voted in as the Mayor Pro Tem.  Our condolences to George on his loss, and our congratulations to Buchanan and Joffe on their election to Council, Stockly on becoming Mayor, Maurer on becoming Mayor Pro Tem, Mays for his new position as Treasurer, and Shollenberger on her election as City Clerk. 


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Council prepares itself for its last meeting as this group

Mayor Doyle congratulates Doug Berkshire

Berkshire thanks the community

Steve Johnson of Assemblyman Mountjoy's office recognizes Mayor Doyle for his service

Mark Harmsen from Rep. David Dreier's office recognizes Doug Hayes' years in office

Nancy Schollenberger swears in new Council Member John Buchanan

Enid Joffe takes the oath and joins the Council

New treasurer Richard Mays is sworn in

Nancy Schollenberger takes oath of office as City Clerk

The newly reorganized council

New Mayor Rob Stockly


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