Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and City Council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne were sworn into office for their final terms as mayor and council members Tuesday night at the start of a meeting that may have been the longest one this year.
In addition to the swearing-in ceremony and re-election remarks, the council spent two hours discussing a housing development plan on Stanley Boulevard efore asking the Planning Commission to take another look at the request. Hosterman gaveled the meeting to a close shortly before midnight.
City Clerk Karen Diaz administered the oath of office to Hosterman, who was re-elected Nov. 2 to her final two-year term. She served two years on the City Council before being elected mayor in 2002, succeeding Mayor Tm Pico, who stepped down.
Diaz also administered the oaths of office to Thorne and Cook-Kallio, who like Hosterman will be termed out in four years. Council members are allowed to serve two four-year terms while the city's mayor is allowed to serve four two-year terms of office.
Hosterman won the election with 10,276 votes--or 53% of the votes cast. Her challenger and City Councilwoman Cindy McGovern received 9,044 votes, or 46.7%, and she remains on the council with another two years left to serve in her final term in office.
Thorne led in the four-person contest for City Council, receiving 14,201 votes. Cook-Kallio finished second with 12,009 votes, trailed by unsuccessful challengers for the two available council seats Realtor Karla Brown with 11,234 votes and Fred Watson with 4,928 votes.