Novato has a new mayor this week. At the last council meting, Mayor Denise Athas passed the gavel to Mayor Pro Tem Pat Eklund.
“I want to thank all of my fellow councilmembers for the honor of serving as Mayor,” said newly-appointed Mayor Eklund. “I approach every day with the dedication of improving our community, strengthening our neighborhoods and maintaining the small-town character and spirit of our town.”
This will be Eklund’s seventh time serving as Mayor of Novato.
Councilmember Eric Lucan was named Mayor Pro Tem. Both traditionally will serve in this capacity for one year.
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 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.
“I’m really proud of this entire Council as it’s been such a privilege to work with you all this year,” said newly-appointed Mayor Pro Tem Lucan. “We’re five councilmembers that are dedicated to the city of Novato and working together. I know that this next year, 2021, is going to be a good one.”
Outgoing Mayor Denise Athas completed her third term as Mayor. “Although it was an unusual year, I am so grateful and honored to have served as your Mayor, and I look forward to working with staff, Council and the community during the coming year,” said Councilmember Athas. Athas was presented with the Gavel Plaque by incoming Mayor Eklund.