Hayward will swear-in Councilmember Mark Salinas as Mayor and Planning Commissioners Julie Roche and George Syrop as new Councilmembers following certification of the results of the Nov. 8 municipal election at a special meeting of the City Council starting tonight at 6 p.m.
Certification of the election results will be the final official act of outgoing Mayor Barbara Halliday, who is retiring from local elective office after a 32-year career as a Hayward elected officeholder and appointed commissioner.
Commissioners Roche and Syrop were elected to Council seats vacated by outgoing Councilmember Sara Lamnin and former Councilmember Aisha Wahab, who chose not to seek reelection. Councilmember Lamnin was elected on Nov. 8 to the governing board of the Hayward Area Park and Recreation District (HARD), and former Councilmember Wahab was elected to the California State Senate from District 10.
The first official business to be taken up by the new Mayor and City Council will be discussion of how to fill the vacated Council seat of Mayor-Elect Salinas following his swearing in as Mayor. Under the City Charter, the seat is to be filled for the remainder of its term by majority appointment of the City Council or through a special election.
Following the Council meeting tonight, there will be a public reception in the City Hall rotunda to which community members are invited to celebrate the election and service of our incoming and outgoing mayors and City Council members.