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Cole remains South Lake Tahoe mayor; new councilmembers sworn in

Tribune staff report

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The three victors of the South Lake Tahoe City Council election race were sworn into office Tuesday, just minutes before the new council appointed a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for the city.

Wendy David and Austin Sass took seats on the council for the first time at the meeting, while Tom Davis retook his usual place at the crescent-shaped table.

Mayor Hal Cole was then reestablished as mayor of South Lake Tahoe, following a 3-2 majority vote by the council. Cole, David and Sass voted for Cole. Davis and JoAnn Conner voted for Davis.

Before a vote was taken, each councilmember interested in the position of mayor had a chance to plead their case. At which point Cole, the longest serving councilmember, talked about how important it is to him to be mayor during the city’s 50th anniversary year.

“This would be the greatest honor and highlight of my career,” he said.

The same process was then taken to select a new Mayor Pro Tem — a title that was given to David on a 3-1-1 vote. Cole, David and Sass voted for David. Conner and Davis voted for themselves.

In a statement from the city, David thanked the community’s support.

“I appreciate the hard work that this council has accomplished and look forward to moving forward even further,” she said.

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