CIVIC CENTER -- Burbank city officials had much to celebrate Tuesday
as they bid farewell to two longtime public servants, renewed the terms
of three veterans, welcomed two rookies and selected a new mayor and vice
New Councilwoman Marsha Ramos and City Treasurer Donna Anderson stood
at the podium and took their first oaths of office next to reelected
council members Dave Golonski and Stacey Murphy. Returning City Clerk
Judie Sarquiz swore in the city officials, but she had to turn the
microphone over to be sworn in herself.
After taking her new seat on the council, Ramos talked about her years
growing up in Burbank and thanked the community for its support.
"I know that I will not make everyone happy all of the time, but I'll
do my best," she said.
Once the new City Council was officially put in place, the first order
of business was to select a new mayor to succeed Bill Wiggins. Without
any discussion, the council decided Bob Kramer should step up from vice
mayor to mayor. Councilman David Laurell was selected to the position as
vice mayor by a 5-0 vote.
Kramer and Laurell expressed gratitude to the people of Burbank for
giving them the honor of serving the community in a greater capacity.
The council chambers were packed with family members, friends and
public supporters of the new and outgoing city officials. Tears were held
back by many while wishing both Wiggins and retiring City Treasurer Jim
Rogers good luck.