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Eric Filseth Elected Mayor, Adrian Fine to be Vice-Mayor

Eric Filseth Elected Mayor, Adrian Fine to be Vice-Mayor

At its first meeting of the year, as is tradition, the Palo Alto City Council elected a new mayor – Vice Mayor Eric Filseth – and a new Vice Mayor – Councilmember Adrian Fine. Both will serve one year terms in their posts. 

Filseth was first elected to the Council in 2014 and was re-elected to a second term in 2018.  He has served as Vice Mayor for the past year and has been a member of the Finance Committee for three years, serving as chair in 2016-2017. He has also served on the Council Rail Committee, City/Schools Committee, as well as the Council Appointed Officers committee. Filseth has focused on addressing the City’s pension obligations. 

“Thank you for the kind words and I pledge not to let you down,” said Filseth after the Council vote. “We have a full plate ahead for 2019, and we will need to make progress on issues including housing, transportation, the Comp Plan and grade separation,” continued Filseth. “We will also have some fun too as we celebrate Palo Alto’s 125th birthday.” 

Fine was elected to the Council in 2016 after serving for three years on the City’s Planning and Transportation Commission, including as chair, and was an initial member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Comprehensive Plan update. While on Council, Fine has been a member of the Finance Committee, Rail and Council Appointed Officer Committees, as well as a liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Downtown Business and Professional Association. 

In addition to choosing a new mayor and vice mayor, Councilmembers Tom DuBois and Eric Filseth were officially sworn in to a second term, and newcomer Allison Cormack was sworn in as she joined the now seven-member Council. Resolutions of appreciation were also presented to outgoing Councilmembers Karen Holman, Greg Scharff and Cory Wolbach, as well as to Mayor Liz Kniss who ends her year term as mayor and will remain on Council. 

“We have worked very hard this year and we are a more moderate, less confrontational and more civilized group of nine,” concluded Kniss.  

Last Updated: January 12, 2019