Sonoma City Council Wraps Up 2023 with Council Reorganization

Posted on December 21, 2023

Sonoma City Council

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 former Vice Mayor presenting former Mayor Sandra Lowe with a chrystal gavel in honor of her service.
The former Vice Mayor John Gurney presented former Mayor Sandra Lowe with a crystal gavel in honor of her service.

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.

Sonoma City Council posing with a retiring employee holding a proclamation.
Sonoma City Council presented retiring employee, Wayne Wirick with a proclamation.

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.

See the City of Sonoma Notice of Reorganization. A recording of the meeting is available on our CivicWeb portal.

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