At its first meeting of the new year on January 6, the Palo Alto City Council elected Nancy Shepherd as mayor and Liz Kniss as vice mayor. Shepherd has served as vice mayor for the past year and was first elected as a council member in 2010. Kniss, who served twice as mayor during her initial tenure on the city council, was elected in 2012 following her service on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
"Thank you very much for the faith you have in my leadership to be mayor for the City of Palo Alto," said Shepherd. “We are a good council because we have different perspectives from different walks of life.”
Both the mayor and vice mayor serve for one year terms.