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Dean Uecker next in line to fill Ripon mayors post
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RIPON – The next mayor will be picked via rotational basis.

That new process was part of an ordinance passed by the Ripon City Council back in April.

Following the November election, Dean Uecker is next in line to fill that role at Tuesday’s reorganization meeting at the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

The open session begins at 7 p.m.

Uecker was actually third in line but moved up the ladder when Garry Krebbs and Charlie Gay were both defeated in their bid for re-election.

Current Mayor Elden ‘Red’ Nutt, who was the top vote-getter, will slide down to No. 3 – among the five council seats – right behind Chuck Winn, who was the previous mayor.

Newcomers Leo Zuber and Jake Parks are slotted in at the No. 4 and No. 5 seats, respectively.

The council is expected to accept the certification of the results from the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters office. 

In election years, according to the ordinance, the “elected council members move to the next lowest open seat in the order held prior to re-election.

“A newly elected council member will fill the highest seat number. If there is more than one newly elected council member, seat placement will be determined by the number of votes the newly elected council member received during election.”

Based to that, Zuber, who finished behind Nutt, had the edge over Parks, who beat out the two incumbents.

City clerk Lynette Van Laar will be on hand to administer the oath of office.

Other agenda items include:

• The council can approve a loan to the Ripon Memorial Library to help replace a copier. The City of Ripon has a Konica 7033 copier not currently in use and can authorize a loan to the library until the San Joaquin County Public Library purchases a replacement machine.

• Elected leaders will determine whether to cancel the Jan. 1 meeting, in turn, moving the session to Thursday, Jan. 3.

For more information, call Ripon City Hall at 209-599-2108 or log on to