City council sees new guard
charles doud/the madera tribune The 2016 Madera City Council, stands together for the last time Wednesday night before council reorganization ceremonies took place. From left are Councilman Charles Rigby, Councilwoman Cece Foley Gallegos, Councilman Derek Robinson, outgoing Mayor Robert Poythress, Councilman William Oliver, outgoing Councilman and newly elected Mayor Andrew Medellin, and Councilman Donald Holley.
The Madera City Council underwent its changing of the guard Wednesday, with a new mayor being sworn in, along with a newly elected city council member.
Former City Council Member Andrew Medellin was sworn in as mayor by his mother, Marge Medellin, herself a former Madera mayor. (See accompanying story).
Medellin said he would dedicate his first term as mayor to his mother, who was the first woman mayor of Madera.
Jose Rodriguez, who won the seat Medellin vacated in order to run for mayor, also was sworn in. Council Member Cece Foley Gallagos was sworn in as mayor pro tem.
City Council Members Donald Holley and and Derek Robinson, who both were reelected, also took oaths of office.
Poythress was elected to the Board of Supervisors to represent District 3 on June 7. He will take office in January.
As one of its final acts, the 2016 council gave preliminary approval to a development plan for Love’s Madera Travel Center project on Avenue 17 at its intersection with SR 99.