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New Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem Appointed

Post Date:12/12/2017 7:28 PM

Today, the Novato City Council appointed Mayor Pro Tem Josh Fryday as the new Mayor, and Councilmember Pam Drew as Mayor Pro Tem. Each will serve in that capacity for one year. Recently re-elected Councilmembers Denise Athas and Pat Eklund were also officially sworn in.

Outgoing Mayor Denise Athas passed the Mayoral Gavel to Mayor Pro Tem Josh Fryday during the Council’s reorganization meeting.

Photo of Josh Fryday swearing in as mayorElected to the Council in 2015, this will be Fryday's first term as Mayor.

“I'm so honored and humbled by this opportunity,” said newly-appointed Mayor Fryday, “and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with every single one of you to continue to make Novato a wonderful place to both raise a family and retire.” 

Novato is a “general law” city, which means its governance structure is specified by state law, and its Council selects the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem (or Vice Mayor) for one-year terms. The Mayor signs official documents, presides at Council meetings, and acts as the official head of the City at public and ceremonial occasions, but has no additional power on the Council.

“Over the last two years, we have done the business of the City, and we have done it together” said Drew. “It is a great honor to be your Mayor Pro Tem.”

Photo of Novato Council cutting cakeOutgoing Mayor Denise Athas, who completed her second term as Mayor, was presented with the “Gavel Plaque” by incoming Mayor Fryday, and stated, “I want to thank my colleagues for giving me the opportunity, for the second time, to serve as Mayor this past year. What I've learned is that our city is resilient, caring, resourceful and is ready for anything.”

Athas added “I am humbled by being able to work with such great people."

Following councilmember comments regarding the accomplishments of the past year and aspirations for the upcoming year, the community was invited to join the new Council for cake and refreshments.

The first meeting of the new council will be January 9, 2018.

Video of the reorganization will be available at

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