West Hollywood : Council Picks Schulte as Mayor

City Councilman Stephen Schulte was unanimously elected by his council colleagues last week to serve as West Hollywood’s mayor for the next year.

Schulte had originally been expected to succeed former Mayor John Heilman last month. But saying he needed more time to hunt for a new job, Schulte asked Heilman to remain in his post for an extra month.

After the vote to elect Schulte, the council then unanimously elected Councilman Alan Viterbi to serve as mayor pro tempore. When Schulte’s term ends, Viterbi is then expected to serve as mayor for a year.


Schulte, 40, was reelected to the council last April. He will serve a four-year term. He was first elected to the council in November, 1984, and previously worked as executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center and as an aide to former Los Angeles Councilwoman Peggy Stevenson.

Viterbi, 24, was elected to a four-year council term in November, 1984. He is executive director of Women’s American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training) and was previously a transportation planner.