Richland Elects New Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem and Swears In New Councilmembers

Mayor Michael AlvarezMayor Michael Alvarez

At the January 4, 2022, City Council meeting, Richland City Clerk, Jennifer Rogers officially swore in recently re-elected councilmembers Ryan Lukson, Michael Alvarez, and Sandra Kent, as well as newly elected members, Theresa Richardson and Jhoanna Jones. Following the swearing-in, the Richland City Council selected two councilmembers to act as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for a two-year term. Councilmember Michael Alvarez was selected to serve as Mayor after obtaining four votes out of the seven from councilmembers. Councilmember Terry Christensen was selected as Mayor Pro Tem.

The new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem immediately accepted their new roles. Mayor Alvarez was first elected to the Council in 2017 and was recently re-elected to a four-year term.

Mayor Pro Tem Christensen has served as a councilmember since 2011 and is currently serving a four-year term. He has served as Mayor Pro Tem two other times, in 2016 and 2018.

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