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Ripon keeps two-year mayor terms
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RIPON – The City of Ripon will continue to operate with a two-year term for mayor.

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, elected officials took no action on the discussion item, agreeing to keep the post intact.

The topic was broached a few weeks ago during the reorganization session when Elden “Red” Nutt was appointed mayor for the next two years. Council talked briefly about the possibility of making the post a yearly selection as that of the past.

“As long as I can remember, it’s always been two years (for mayor),” Councilman Garry Krebbs said.

His colleague, Chuck Winn, recalled that once in the past 10 years the mayoral terms where split between two council members. “One had seniority over the other – they agreed to serve one-year each,” he said.

Krebbs believes that two years is ideal.

“Everything in life is a learning curve,” he said. “There’s also a learning curve to being mayor.

“We’re all human – we learn through experience how to do any job.”

Councilman Charlie Gay initiated the matter for discussion.
“I wanted to get everyone’s feelings on the number of years,” he said,

Gay added, “I wasn’t advocating one way or another. But I do agree that it takes time for anyone to settle in (as mayor).”