By KEVIN McCALLUM
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
John Sawyer was named vice mayor of Santa Rosa Tuesday evening.
Sawyer and Councilman Gary Wysocky were nominated to replace Jake Ours, who has served in the vice-mayor post for about 10 months.
Four council members voted to support Sawyer, while three voted to support Wysocky, votes that followed a now familiar pattern on the sharply divided council.
First elected to the council in 2004, Sawyer served six-months as acting mayor in 2008 following the death of Mayor Bob Blanchard.
The long-time owner of the former Sawyer’s News downtown, Sawyer, 56, now is running for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. “It will be a challenging year, but that’s not all that unusual these days,” Sawyer said.
Unlike the mayor’s two-year term, the vice mayor serves just one year.