In the final Sonoma City Council meeting of 2023 held on December 20th, the Sonoma City Council underwent a reorganization, recognizing outgoing Mayor Sandra Lowe and ushering in new leadership.
The City Council Reorganization commenced as the Vice Mayor ceremoniously presented Mayor Sandra Lowe with a crystal gavel, accompanied by expressions of gratitude for her unwavering service from both colleagues and constituents. Mayor Lowe’s significant leadership, commitment to advocating for the arts, and proactive endeavors in addressing community needs were duly recognized, leaving a lasting imprint on the city.
Following the expressions of gratitude to Mayor Lowe, the spotlight shifted to the newly appointed leaders. John Gurney was nominated and unanimously appointed Mayor. Accompanying Mayor Gurney in this new phase of leadership is the newly appointed Vice-Mayor, Patricia Farrar-Rivas.
In addition to the reorganization, the meeting also served as a platform to express appreciation for Wayne Wirick, who officially retired after an astounding 41 years of dedicated service to the City of Sonoma. Wirick’s commitment and invaluable contributions over four decades were acknowledged with admiration and gratitude. His legacy within the City of Sonoma will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come.