City welcomes new Mayor and Council
Newly elected Mayor Clea McCaa and reelected Council Members Carolyn Umphrey, Mark Rodriguez, and William Benning were ceremonially sworn in at a reception prior to Thursday’s City Council meeting. Hosted in the Sierra Vista Public Library’s meeting room, the reception drew a large, excited crowd.
Former Mayor Rick Mueller presented McCaa with his gavel and said, “May you only have to use it when you need to.”
McCaa in turn presented Mueller a gavel and plaque in recognition of his 22-year tenure on City Council, including three terms as mayor. He thanked Mueller for his tutelage and for his leadership to the City.
Later, at the City Council meeting, McCaa remarked, “It is a great day. I’ve been here for 42 years, moved here in 1980, and I love this City. We’re going to work for you. We’re going to work for the people of Sierra Vista.”
The City Council also approved the appointment of Carolyn Umphrey to serve as mayor pro tem.
“I’m also very proud to be a part of this team up here,” Mayor Pro Tem Umphrey said. “It’s an honor and I’m deeply grateful to be selected as the mayor pro tem by the new mayor and receive the support of my colleagues”