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West Sacramento gets new vice mayor, or ‘mayor pro tem’

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (right) is sworn in for another two-year term at the helm of the City of West Sacramento. (Photo & info from AL ZAGOFSKY/copyright News-Ledger 2014)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (right) is sworn in for another two-year term at the helm of the City of West Sacramento. (Photo & info from AL ZAGOFSKY/copyright News-Ledger 2014)

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was sworn in for another two-year term last Wednesday by Kryss Rankin, City Clerk. Cabaldon easily won re-election during the November local ballot.

Also reelected last month were city council members Mark Johannessen and Chris Ledesma, who each earned another four-year term from local voters.

Johannessen finished up a stint as ‘mayor pro tem’ last week. The council selected Chris Ledesma (whose face can be seen above, just left of Cabaldon) as ‘mayor pro tem’ for the coming year. It’s essentially a vice mayor’s post.

In West Sacramento, the mayor’s position is a two-year, separately-elected position. The other four members of the council receive four-year terms. Every two years, two of those seats go up for reelection.

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Johannessen is the new vice mayor

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen will serve a one-year term as 'mayor pro tem,' backing up Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen will serve a one-year term as ‘mayor pro tem,’ backing up Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – DEC 12, 2013 –

 The West Sacramento City Council last night picked Council Member Mark Johannessen to serve as “Mayor Pro Tem” – essentially a vice mayor – for the next year.

  Johannessen replaces Mayor pro tem Chris Ledesma, who remains on the council as a regular member. 

  Johannessen was elected to the city council in 2006. He has not previously served as “mayor pro tem.” 

  Johannessen has announced he is running for California State Assembly next year as a Democrat. He hopes to succeed Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, who plans to run for the seat now held by termed-out State Senator Darrell Steinberg. Term limits prevent Stenberg from running again.

  Last year, Johannessen was nominated to serve as West Sacramento’s “mayor pro tem” by fellow councilman Bill Kristoff, but the motion died for lack of support, and the council then chose Ledesma.

Last night, reports city spokesman Art Schroeder, Councilman Oscar Villegas nominated then-current Mayor Pro Tem Chris Ledesma for another term.

Ledesma nominated Johannessen.

Villegas voted for Ledesma, while Ledesma, Johannessen and Mayor Christopher Cabaldon voted for Johannessen, giving him the post. Councilman Bill Kristoff was absent.

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Villegas is new West Sac ‘mayor pro tem’

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – DEC 9, 2011 –

The West Sacramento City Council selected Oscar Villegas as Mayor Pro Tem for the next year, effective Dec. 7, 2011. He succeeds William Kristoff, who will continue his term on the City Council. The Mayor Pro Tem serves in the absence of the Mayor when the Mayor is not available for a City Council meeting or City event.

OSCAR VILLEGAS (News-Ledger file photo)

This is the fifth time that Mr. Villegas has served as Mayor Pro Tem. He previously was Mayor Pro Tem in 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2009. Mr. Villegas has been a City Council member continuously since November 2000, having been reelected by voters in 2004 and 2008.

West Sacramento residents separately elect the mayor and the city council positions. The whole council then annually chooses a Mayor Pro Tem from among the four council members to serve a single year term in that position.

In addition to Mayor Pro Tem Villegas and Councilmember Kristoff, the current members of the West Sacramento City Council are Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Mark Johannessen, and Chris Ledesma.

The next regular meeting of the West Sacramento City Council is Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave.

Most of the information in this report came from Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento