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Ripon council picks Nutt as new mayor
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From left, Dean Uecker and Chuck Winn are administered the oath of office by Ripon City Clerk Lynette Van Laar at last Tuesday’s reorganization meeting. Uecker and Winn were successfully reelected to their Ripon City Council seats. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
RIPON – Every two years, the Ripon City Council selects a new mayor.

The appointed post operates on a rotating basis among the five elected officials.

Council, however, could look at making the mayoral selection an annual process.

“I’d like for us to discuss the possibility of reverting back to one-year terms for mayor,” Charlie Gay said at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Elden “Red” Nutt was picked mayor and Garry Krebbs was chosen as vice mayor during the reorganization session.

Gay had requested the item regarding the mayor selection be placed on the Dec. 21 meeting for further discussion.

The idea was briefly bandied about shortly after Dean Uecker and Chuck Winn were administered the oath of office by City Clerk Lynette Van Laar during the reorganization session.

The two incumbents were successful in their re-election campaigns.

Uecker edged out challenger Carolyn Jensen by 66 votes as a result of the Nov. 2 general municipal election, claiming 2,299 votes or 26.13 percent.

Jensen gathered 2,233 votes.

Winn, who was the previous mayor, led in the four-candidate race, tallying 2,601 votes, with businessman Dan Prince managing 1,625 votes.

Nutt was nominated mayor by Uecker, with Council in favor of the selection.

“I didn’t vote for myself but it wasn’t necessary,” said Nutt, who, in turn, nominated Uecker as vice mayor.

He was unable to get support from his colleagues on the motion.

Krebbs was nominated by Gay as vice mayor. He won, 4-1, with Nutt providing the only no vote.