Veteran council member Cary Wiest will serve his second term as Atherton's mayor for the coming year, with Bill Widmer serving as vice mayor. Both were chosen for their new roles by their fellow council members on Dec. 20.
Mr. Wiest, 53, was first elected in 2012. He was previously named mayor in late 2013.
Mr. Wiest was reappointed to his council seat in 2016 when he and incumbent Elizabeth Lewis were the only candidates to file for the two open seats, and the town chose not to hold an election.
Mr. Wiest thanked his fellow council members for "honoring me with the role as mayor."
"We are a good team and work well together in the interests of the town of Atherton," he said.
Priorities for the coming year, he said, are already in place: beginning construction of the civic center, building a water-capture facility in Holbrook-Palmer Park, and completing and acting on the fiscal review of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.
He said the town has a number of other projects on its plate for the coming year, including revising its heritage tree regulations, working to update its general plan, updates to the town's website, and studies of traffic and drainage.
While the town is known for its wealth and real estate values, it also has more than 7,000 students attending schools within its boundaries, he said. With that in mind, the town is working to improve routes used by students to walk and bike to school, to promote traffic safety, and to improve communications between the schools and the town, he said.
In April, the town will be holding an active shooter exercise at Menlo School led by Atherton Police Chief Steve McCulley, and involving a number of other agencies and jurisdictions, Mr. Wiest said.
"I look forward to continuing to support the town and its residents in making Atherton the best it can be," he said.
Mr. Widmer was last chosen as mayor in late 2011. He was re-elected to the council in 2014.
Before Mr. Wiest was named mayor, outgoing Mayor Mike Lempres thanked "all the volunteers and the families who make this town work," including his fellow council members and their families and spouses.
He said there are two projects he is "actually quite proud of" that made significant progress in his term: the completion of the installation on El Camino Real of three pedestrian-activated stoplights, and the progress on building a new civic center.
"Long-term vision is important," he said, noting that both of those projects have been in the works for many years.
Rick DeGolia was nominated as vice mayor by council member Elizabeth Lewis, but he declined the nomination and instead nominated Mr. Widmer. The votes for both Mr. Wiest and Mr. Widmer were unanimous.