At their first meeting of a new calendar year, the Williams City Council passed the gavel to a new mayor.
The council selected Roberto Mendoza by a unanimous decision on Jan. 20 to take the helm of the city for 2021.
Mendoza served as mayor pro-tem last year and is serving his first one-year stint as mayor. He took over the mayoral duties from Councilman Alfred Sellers, who served in that position two consecutive years.
Mendoza, who secured his second four-year term in a very tight race in the Nov. 3, 2020 election, thanked everyone who believed in him – and the City Council and staff also for their confidence in him.
“My goal is to work together to better the city,” Mendoza said. “We’ve put together a great team.”
Santos Jauregui also received a unanimous nod from the City Council to serve in the second chair as Williams’ mayor-pro tem.
Mendoza, in one of his first actions as mayor, made various appointments to boards, joint powers authorities, committees, and commissions.
New City Councilman Don Parson, who was elected to his first term on the City Council on Nov. 3, will serve as the city’s representative on the Williams Fire Protection Authority, as well as serve on the Williams Finance Committee and Williams Personnel Committee.
Councilman Sajit Singh will serve on the Colusa County Local Agency Formation Commission, and Colusa Groundwater Authority. He will also serve on Williams’ Finance, Personnel, and General Plan committees.
Councilman Sellers will serve as liaison to the Colusa County Board of Supervisors, alternate for the Colusa County Transit Agency and Transportation Commission, alternate for the Colusa County Groundwater Authority, and liaison to the Sacramento Valley Museum.
Mayor Pro-tem Jauregui will serve as the liaison to the Williams Unified School District.
Mendoza will serve on the Colusa County One-Stop Partnership and the Williams Capital Improvement Committee. He will serve as alternate on Colusa County LAFCo and William Fire Protection Authority, and serve as the city’s liaison to the Williams Community Center. ♣