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Ann Wengert returns to mayor's chair for 2019

 

As the new year gets underway, Portola Valley has two new officials at the top of town government, both of whom have been there before.

Councilwoman Ann Wengert is the mayor for 2019, a position she held previously in 2009 and 2014.

Councilman Jeff Aalfs, who served as mayor in 2015, is the new vice mayor.

Both were elected on unanimous votes by the Town Council at its Dec. 12 meeting.

The mayor leads council meetings and sets agendas for the meetings in coordination with the town manager. The council member elected vice mayor is typically next in line to be mayor for the following calendar year.

In brief remarks, Wengert said the three top priorities for town government in 2019 were public safety – including an emphasis on emergency preparedness in light of recent wildfires in Northern California –, affordable housing and sustainability.

The recent wildfires "brought us all a major mind shift relative to what the new norm potentially will be in terms of fire," Wengert said. "We're probably going to have to up our efforts in making sure our residents feel adequately prepared for what's happening or what could happen in the future."

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