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SELMA – Selma’s City Council has some new faces and new leadership at the helm as of Dec. 10. With the results of the General Election certified, voters approved Sarah Guerra and John Trujillo to serve on the Council for the next four years.

Stepping down were Yvette Montijo and Mike Derr who both decided to either serve on other boards or retire. In his closing comments, Derr thanked the city’s staff for the experience and shared some words of wisdom with the new council members.

“I wish you the very best and I hope you have an effective term,” Derr said. “Remember, you guys are the servants of the people. Give this work the attention it deserves. Thank you for allowing me to serve this City for the past 28 years.”

The Council reorganized so that now the most senior council members - Scott Robertson and Louis Franco – will serve as mayor and mayor pro tem.

Councilwoman Sarah Guerra thanked her family and citizens for their support.

“[The citizens] have placed their confidence and trust in me to make our city a safer place and a more inclusive place to live. I will follow up on my pledge to work towards bringing more police officers on the street and a positive change in public safety.”

Guerra also said she’d work to make the city stronger economically.

“As a businesswoman myself, I’ll work towards bringing more economic opportunities for everyone.”

Trujillo also thanked his family, staff and community for electing him to the Council.

“I’m here because I love Selma. I have 20 years here and I own a couple of businesses. My pledge is to the community that I’ll be an ambassador. I’ll be the legislator to look for money and hopefully lay a foundation to be pro-growth.”

Trujillo started off his time on the council by fulfilling a promise to Selma High student Simran Sahota who’d asked to give a Sikh prayer. She spoke in both Punjabi and English and said it was an honor to share her sentiments on behalf of her school, as well as an American Sikh. The prayer was a request for the Council to “show humility, truth, courage, service, justice and gratitude for all the Creator has given to us,” she said. “Bless all these City Council members … with the integrity to perform their duties with ambition for our citizens and to lead the City of Selma in the right direction.”

The Council went on to hear a presentation by Townsend Public Affairs on the grant-writing work it’s performing for the City before approving the consent calendar and giving board reports.

The Council typically meets at 6 p.m. at on the first and third Mondays of each month in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 1710 Tucker St., however their holiday schedule differs from that.

Their Monday, Dec. 17 meeting was cancelled and their Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 will be cancelled. The next regularly scheduled Selma City Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. See their agendas and previous meetings livestreamed online at http://bit.ly/2rvvqm4. See the Council members contact information at http://bit.ly/2C80caR.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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