Carol Garcia sworn in as Roseville’s vice mayor
A swearing-in ceremony at Civic Center on Monday welcomed a new face to the Roseville City Council and the ending of a nine-year run of service by one councilman.
Bonnie Gore joined the council by earning the third highest votes in the Nov. 6 election at 18.9 percent. Top-vote getter Carol Garcia was sworn in as vice mayor with 20.3 percent of 111,346 votes cast. She becomes mayor in two years.
Outgoing mayor Pauline Roccucci won re-election with 19.6 percent of the vote. Gore, Garcia and Roccucci join Susan Rohan — now mayor — and Tim Herman on the council.
Councilman John Allard was termed out of office. He was appointed to the council in 2003 and the city’s term limits allow members to serve only two consecutive four-year terms. He is eligible to run again in the future.
“I’m torn about my time on the council coming to an end,” Allard said. “I love public service and have enjoyed immensely the opportunity to serve our community. I’m the type of person who thrives on being at the table when important discussions are had and key decisions are made. I also enjoy being able to work with very talented people like those I have had the privilege to work with as a councilmember.”
Allard said he was grateful to take part in many accomplishments during his tenure, including moving forward on downtown redevelopment, hiring City Manager Ray Kerridge and implementing fiscally responsible budgets.
He’s also proud of the city’s work on shaping Roseville’s reputation as business-friendly, completing the Higher Education Task Force report and moving forward on plans for a hotel and conference center. The city has also expanded its bike trail system and added a new library, fire stations and parks and recreation facilities.
Allard said he’s not ruling out a run for city council in the future.
“I learned a long time ago to never say never,” he said. “I love public service and hope I will have the opportunity (to) serve our community again in some capacity whether at the city, county, state or federal level.”