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Murrieta City Council Annual Reorganization Sets Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore for Upcoming Year

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During the December 21, 2021 Murrieta City Council Meeting, the City Council selected Council Member Jonathan Ingram to serve as mayor of Murrieta and Council Member Dr. Lisa DeForest to serve as mayor pro tempore. The Murrieta City Council goes through a reorganization process to select the upcoming year’s mayor and mayor pro tempore annually during the second City Council meeting in December. Murrieta City Council has five council member positions, voted on by district, and then rotates the mayor and mayor pro tempore each year.

Mayor Ingram, who represents Murrieta’s 1st District, first joined Murrieta City Council seven years ago and previously served as Murrieta Mayor in 2018. After his appointment, Mayor Ingram shared, “I am humbled to be your mayor. I am deeply invested in the long-term successes of our community. I plan to continue to bring my longstanding traditions of communication, cohesion, and transparency to my role and ensure that all those who live, work, and visit our city feel they are an essential part of our community.”

Mayor Pro Tempore DeForest, who represents Murrieta’s 3rd District, will assume mayoral duties in the event of Mayor Ingram’s absence. Often referred to as mayor pro tem, the selection of this role is done annually in a similar manner to that of the mayor. “I am honored and excited to serve as mayor pro tem. I will strive with my fellow colleagues to continue to support our innovative public safety teams, fiscal responsibility and transparency, and accountability. I promise to always be available to my community and constituents to help further our goal of being connected by community,” shared Mayor Pro Tem DeForest.

Both roles began once selected at Tuesday’s City Council meeting and will continue throughout the year until the next reorganization takes place in December of 2022. To get to know all five of Murrieta’s City Council Members and for more information about the Murrieta City Council, visit the City’s website.

Murrieta’s more than 115,000 residents live in one of the safest cities in the U.S., with top-ranked schools, 52 parks, and a dynamic business environment. Central to all of Southern California, Murrieta is truly the gem of the valley. With a median age of 36 and an average household income of $122,207, Murrieta boasts a well-educated population and a strong labor force. Ranked the fiscally healthiest full-service city in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles counties, Murrieta’s future is undoubtedly bright.