Fullerton Installs New Council Members

Jennifer Fitzgerald and Jan Flory take their seats on the Council, while Bruce Whitaker and Doug Chaffee are Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem respectively.

Fullerton conducted its annual changing of the guard Tuesday night as the City Council added two new members and a new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.

City Clerk Lucinda Williams swore in newcomers Jennifer Fitzgerald and Jan Flory as well as incumbent Council Member Bruce Whitaker for a term that ends in 2016. Fitzgerald and Flory replace Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva, who is now a State Assemblywoman and Council Member Travis Kiger, who was narrowly defeated in the November 6 election.

“The only promise you’re getting from me is that I’m going to do my best,” Fitzgerald told the packed audience after the swearing in ceremony. “I look forward to getting together to build a strong, stable Fullerton that going to be great not only for us, but also for our kids.”

The Council later unanimously selected Bruce Whitaker as Mayor and Doug Chaffee as Mayor Pro Tem.

“I acknowledge we’ve had our differences in the past, but my pledge to Bruce is that while I will not always agree with you, I will do my best to work for the common good of our city,” said Chaffee as he nominated Whitaker for the Mayor’s position.

Whitaker, who was the top vote-getter in the last election, acknowledged to the audience after the swearing in ceremony that the past two years had been tumultuous and there may be more tumultuous moments in his next term.

“The one thing we should is appreciate what we have in this City,” he said. “It is an excellent city. I’m very pleased to live here and call you neighbors and again thank you for the vote of confidence.”

Fullertonians waited for weeks for the results of the third seat as then-incumbent Kiger, who was elected to the Council in June after the Recall, tried to retain it in the general election. Last week, the Orange County Registrar of Voters declared Flory the winner by 29 votes and the Council certified the results Tuesday.

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