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 Volume 12, Issue 56  |  July 14, 2020

Council to vote on mayor and mayor pro tem: Dicterow takes himself out of the running


The City Council on Tuesday will vote for mayor and mayor pro tem for 2020.

Mayor Bob Whalen will be presented with a gavel signifying the completion of his term as mayor. Whalen, who was first elected to the council in 2012, said Wednesday that he would serve a second consecutive term as mayor, if nominated and elected.

“It is an honor,” said Whalen.

Council to Whalen

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Mayor Bob Whalen

Often, but not always, the mayor pro tem succeeds the outgoing mayor. However, Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow announced earlier this year that he would not be a candidate for mayor.

Dicterow declined on Wednesday to discuss his reasons for his decision. 

First elected in 1994, Dicterow served three terms before retiring from office. 

He was returned to council in 2014 and re-elected in 2017 for his fifth term.

Council on Tuesday will first nominate and vote for mayor and then for mayor pro tem at the beginning of the meeting. Seats are shuffled so that the mayor pro term is seated next to the mayor. 

Name plates designating the mayor and the mayor pro tem are prepared for all council members in advance so they can be in place immediately following the election.


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