Bob Kellar will begin his fourth term on the Santa Clarita City Council and TimBen Boydston will take the oath of office for the second time Tuesday.
Then, the five-person council will pick one of its own to take over as mayor following the April 10 defeat of Councilwoman Laurie Ender, Santa Clarita’s first sitting mayor to be turned out of office by the voters.
The council will also select a mayor pro-tem, aka vice mayor.
In Santa Clarita, city council members select among themselves for the largely ceremonial position of mayor. The mayor chairs the council meetings, signs certain official correspondence and attends ribbon cuttings on the city’s behalf. The mayor has no more and no less decision making authority than the other four council members.
This will be the first time the mayor has been selected in a month other than December. The new mayor will serve out the remainder of Ender’s mayoral term, meaning another new mayor will be named this December.
Councilman Frank Ferry is the current mayor pro-tem, but there is no automatic ascension to mayor.
Tuesday’s meeting will start with the city clerk’s certification of the ballots and a council resolution declaring the results.
Kellar finished first with 7,519 votes, followed by Boydston with 6,145. Ender finished out of the running with 5,408 votes, followed by challengers Ed Colley with 4,438 and Jon Hatami with 3,915.
Kellar garnered the most votes of any candidate in city history except for the city’s incorporation year of 1987, when the council election coincided with a general election and had a much higher turnout.
Boydston previously served on the council in 2007 and early 2008 as an appointee when Cameron Smyth was elected to the Assembly. Boydston will be the second person to serve nonconsecutive terms on the council.