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Mayor honors memory of Suzanne Clemens
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Suzanne Roberts Clemens loved Manteca and Lathrop.
Clemens, 61, passed away Monday.
Mayor Steve DeBrum closed Tuesday’s Manteca City Council meeting in her memory. It was fitting given how freely she gave herself to the community.
Her latest passion was helping to get East Union Cemetery as a final resting place that dignified the lives of those who were the heart and soul of the community and paved the way for what Manteca and Lathrop are today.
An avid member of the Manteca Garden Club, in the past she had worked in numerous jobs including as marketing director for the Manteca Convention & Visitors Center as well as an advertising representative for the Manteca-Lathrop Sun Post. She also was a member of the first graduating class of East Union High.

Burrows retires
after 29 years
as firefighter
Firefighter-engineer Stephen Burrows has retired after 29 years of service with the Manteca Fire Department.
That is in addition to five years as a Manteca reserve firefighter.
Burrows was presented with a proclamation by Mayor Steve DeBrum at Tuesday’s Manteca City Council meeting.

Moorhead sends
regrets for chamber
council forum on
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Incumbent council member Debby Moorhead will be a no show for the upcoming Manteca Chamber of Commerce candidates forum on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Emory Hall.
Moorhead regretfully informed chamber Executive Director Joann Beattie that she has a conflict with her work.
The five challengers seeking two seats in the Nov. 8 Manteca City Council election will be there. They are Eric Hayes, Gary Singh, Jeff Zellner, Ben Cantu, and David Cushman.
Assembly candidates Heath Flora and Ken Vogel will also participate as well San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors hopefuls Moses Zapian and Tom Patti.
The forum is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It is open to the general public. The $10 ticket includes lunch.
Tickets are available at the chamber office next to the Oak Valley Community Bank at the corner of North and Main streets. More information is available by calling the chamber at 823.6121.

Manteca hires
interim community
development director

Manteca City Manager Elena Reyes has hired Jerry Hightower as the interim Community Development Director.
Hightower steps in for Frederic Clark. Hightower was formerly with the City of Riverbank in a similar position.
Clark officially retired Jan. 31 but stayed on for the last six months until reaching the maximum time a CalPERS retiree can work. A new community development director is expected to be in place by November.
The extra time for the hunt for Clark’s replacement was provided by the Manteca City Council to give whoever they hired to replace the outgoing City Manager Karen McLaughlin at the time the ability to pick their own team to replace retiring departments heads including the fire chief and police chief positions.
Reyes began work as city manager in mid-July.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email