Yucaipa selects its new mayor and mayor pro tem

Newly elected Yucaipa Mayor David Avila and Mayor Pro Tem Denise Allen.

In the city of Yucaipa, the councilmembers are the elected governing body that guides the progress of the city and is comprised of five councilmembers. Councilmembers are elected by district for four-year terms, with elections held in November of even-numbered years.

Yucaipa City Council provides legislative and policy direction to the city manager, who implements their decisions to direct the activities of the city. The city council responds to issues and concerns of the community by allocating resources, developing policies, and formulating strategies that support the vitality and economic viability of the city.

The city council also serves as the Board of Directors for the Yucaipa Successor Agency and as Commissioners of the Yucaipa Housing Authority.

Since the incorporation of the city, each November the councilmembers of the city of Yucaipa annually select one of its members to serve as mayor and another serves as mayor pro tem for a one-year term. 

During the Nov. 25 Yucaipa City Council meeting under regular business, Jennifer Crawford, city clerk reminded council of the governing procedure of selection of office for mayor and mayor pro tem. “The selection of mayor and mayor pro tem shall be selected the last meeting in November with offices to be in effect in December,” said Crawford.

“Nomination may be made by any member of the council … selections shall be by three or more affirmative votes … a council member shall not serve a successive term as mayor,” said Crawford.

“I would like to nominate David Avila,” said Council member Denise Allen. No other nominations were made. Crawford closed the nominations and a vote was called. Council unanimously voted Avila for the position of mayor.

The office for mayor pro Tem was opened for nominations. Councilmember Dick Riddell nominated Councilmember Denise Allen. No other nominations were made. Crawford closed the nominations and a vote was called. Council unanimously voted Allen for mayor pro tem.

Crawford congratulated the new Mayor Avila and Mayor Pro Tem Allen.

“I’m honored to have served the city of Yucaipa, the residents, the council and the staff for the past year as the mayor of Yucaipa,” said outgoing Mayor Bobby Duncan.

Duncan finished with “It’s an honor to be mayor and I enjoyed being the mayor.”

“Thank you for your service (as mayor), job well done,” said Avila.

“It is an honor to be appointed mayor by my fellow council members,” said David Avila, mayor of Yucaipa.

“For the past few years we have had a lot of exciting projects and activities under the different mayorships such as the Yucaipa Performing Arts Center, infrastructure improvements, the new Yucaipa Point Development, and our ever-growing festivals.”

Mayor Avila ended with, “I look forward to continuing and developing our community and maintaining that small town friendly atmosphere.”

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