Bob Magee Appointed To Serve As Lake Elsinore Mayor

Councilwoman Natasha Johnson was appointed to serve as mayor pro tem for the city.

Lake Elsinore Councilman Bob Magee will once again serve as mayor of the city.

During Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled Lake Elsinore City Council meeting, council members voted 5-0 to appoint Magee to the top spot. He was reelected last month by Lake Elsinore voters to his third, four-year term on the council.

During his eight years with city, Magee has served as mayor on more than one occasion. Annual appointments are standard practice for the city. At the end of each calendar year, city council members newly appoint a mayor and a mayor pro tem.

In a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, Councilwoman Natasha Johnson was appointed mayor pro tem. The dissenters were council members Steve Manos and Daryl Hickman, who both voted to appoint Manos to the number-two spot.

Johnson and Manos were newly elected to the city council last month. They replace former City Councilman Peter Weber (who lost his election bid after being appointed to the council last year following the resignation of then-mayor Amy Bhutta) and Councilwoman Melissa Melendez, who was elected to serve in the State Assembly for the 67th District, which includes Lake Elsinore and Wildomar, among other jurisdictions.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, Melendez and Weber were on hand and were honored for their service to the city. 

Manos, Johnson and Magee were sworn into office Dec. 4.

Since September 2011, Councilman Brian Tisdale has served as mayor of the city following the Bhutta resignation. He was again appointed by his colleagues at the end of that year.

Councilman Daryl Hickman has served as mayor pro tem for the last 12 months.

Appointments to 28 governmental agency committees were also made Tuesday night. Tisdale suggested the appointments, which were approved by a 3-2 council vote.

Hickman and Manos were the dissenters. They questioned the appointment of former Lake Elsinore City Councilman Thomas Buckley to serve another term on the committee overseeing the Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District.

“I lost a little sleep over it,” Manos said, noting he would be willing to sit on the committee.

In arguing in support of Buckley’s appointment, Magee praised the former councilman’s service to the community and his work in bringing Lake Elsinore into the district so residents could receive vector control at a cost of $9 a year per household.

“I think he’s earned another term here,” Magee said.

One Voice December 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Please get over the rag on Melendez, she is gone scott free from any wrong doing, for God's sake let it go you're beginning to sound like LER.
Roberto December 13, 2012 at 04:36 AM
And you on Bob Magee, Your beginnng to sound like Diane.
Roberto December 13, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Manos put his name to sit on vecrtor control committee to oust Buckley and no other reason. Hickless voted with Manos because these to are defacto Trevi associates as are Phil Williams on the EVMWD in my opinion based on the documentation I have. Now that Webeless and Malicious are out we have three honest Councilpersons meaning the majority is looking out for the overall interest of the citizens.
Constant Comment December 14, 2012 at 08:04 AM
You really, really need to get a life there bucky boy!


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