Santa Cruz County History - Government



City of Santa Cruz Councils and Mayors, 1970--1999

In the March 3, 1979 election, a City Charter amendment passed that changed the terms of office. Term of office began in November, instead of April, of odd-numbered years. A 1986 charter amendment set municipal elections in November in each even-numbered year. The change took effect in 1988.

Unless otherwise noted, the date after a name is the date the person assumed office. Through 1972, an * indicates the Assistant Mayor. Beginning with 1973, an * indicates the Vice Mayor.

1970--1979 || 1980--1989 || 1990--1999

1970--1979

Year Mayor Council Members
1970 Ernest Wicklund Jr.
(4-28-70)
  • Lorette Wood (4-28-70)*
  • Richard J. Werner
  • Norman A. Walters (resigned 6-30-70)
  • Eugene M. Fleming
  • Anne Garni
  • Al Castagnola (appt. 2-10-70)
  • Vernon L. Smith (appt. 8-11-70)
1971 Lorette Wood
(4-20-71)
  • Al Castagnola (4-20-71)*
  • Richard J. Werner
  • Ernest Wicklund, Jr.
  • Vernon L. Smith
  • Anne Garni (resigned 4-20-71)
  • Denver R. Groff (4-20-71)
  • Robert W. Jones (appt. 6-2-71)
1972 Al Castagnola
(4-25-72)
  • Vernon L. Smith (4-25-72)*
  • Lorette Wood
  • Richard J. Werner
  • Ernest Wicklund, Jr.
  • Denver R. Groff
  • Robert W. Jones
1973 Vernon L. Smith
(4-17-73)
  • Bert Muhly (4-17-73)*
  • Lorette Wood
  • Al Castagnola (resigned 9-25-73)
  • Ernest Wicklund, Jr.
  • Sally Di Girolamo (4-17-73)
  • Virginia L. Sharp (4-17-73)
  • John Mahaney (appt. 11-13-73)
1974 Louis B. "Bert" Muhly
(4-23-74)
  • Virginia L. Sharp (4-23-74)*
    (resigned 6-25-74)
  • John Mahaney, (7-23-74)*
  • Vernon L. Smith
  • Lorette Wood
  • Ernest Wicklund, Jr.
  • Sally Di Girolamo
  • Lawrence A. Edler (8-20-74)
1975 Sally Di Girolamo
(4-15-75)
  • John Mahaney *
  • Lawrence A. Edler
  • Bert Muhly
  • Josepy J. Ghio (4-15-75)
  • Charlotte Melville (4-15-75)
  • Carole De Palma (4-15-75)
1976 John G. Mahaney
(4-27-76)
  • Joseph J. Ghio *
  • Lawrence A. Edler
  • Bert Muhly
  • Charlotte Melville
  • Carole De Palma
  • Sally Di Girolamo
1977 Joseph J. Ghio
(4-19-77)
  • Lawrence A. Edler *
  • Bert Muhly
  • Charlotte Melville
  • Carole De Palma
  • James E. Hammond (4-19-77)
  • John G. Mahaney
1978 Lawrence A. Edler
(4-25-78)
  • Charlotte Melville *
  • Carole De Palma
  • Bert Muhly
  • James E. Hammond (deceased 9-19-78)
  • John G. Mahaney
  • Joseph J. Ghio
  • Spiro Mellis (appt. 11-7-78)
1979 John G. Mahaney
(3-27-79)
  • Joseph J. Ghio *
  • Bert Muhly
  • Lawrence A. Edler
  • Bruce Van Allen (3-13-79)
  • Michael E. Rotkin (3-13-79)
  • Spiro Mellis
  • Carol De Palma (left office 3-13-79)
  • Charlotte Melville (left office 3-13-79)

1970--1979 || 1980--1989 || 1990--1999

1980--1989

Year Mayor Council Members
1980 Joseph J. Ghio
(3-25-80)
  • Spiro Mellis *
  • Bruce Van Allen
  • Michael E. Rotkin
  • Bert Muhly
  • John G. Mahaney
  • Lawrence A. Edler
1981 Joseph J. Ghio
(mayoral term ended 11-24-81)
  • Michael E. Rotkin *
  • Bruce Van Allen (left office 11-10-81)
  • Bert Muhly (left office 11-10-81)
  • Lawrence A. Edler
  • John G. Mahaney
  • Spiro Mellis
1982 Michael E. Rotkin
(11-24-81)
  • Bruce Van Allen*
  • Mardi Wormhoudt (11-10-81)
  • John G. Mahaney
  • John Laird (11-10-81)
  • Joseph J. Ghio
  • Spiro Mellis
1983 Bruce Van Allen
(11-23-82)
  • John Laird *
  • Joseph Ghio
  • John Mahaney
  • Spiro Mellis
  • Michael e. Rotkin
  • Mardi Wormhoudt
1984 John Laird
(11-15-83)
  • Mardi Wormhoudt *
  • Arnold Levine (11-15-83)
  • Spiro Mellis
  • Michael E. Rotkin
  • Katy Sears-Williams (11-15-83)
  • Jane Weed (11-15-83)
1985 Mardi Wormhoudt
(11-27-84)
  • Jane Weed *
  • Arnold Levine
  • Spiro Mellis (left office 11-26-85)
  • Michael E. Rotkin
  • Katy Sears-Williams
  • John Laird
1986 Michael E. Rotkin
(11-26-85)
  • Jane Weed *
  • Mardi Wormhoudt
  • Arnold Levine
  • Katy Sears-Williams
  • John Laird
  • Joseph Ghio (11-26-85)
1987 Jane Weed
(11-25-86)
  • John Laird *
  • Michael E. Rotkin
  • Mardi Wormhoudt
  • Arnold Levine
  • Katy Sears-Williams
  • Joseph Ghio
1988 John Laird
(11-24-87)
  • Mardi Wormhoudt *
  • Michael E. Rotkin (left office 11-15-88)
  • Jane Weed (left office 11-15-88)
  • Arnold Levine (left office 11-15-88)
  • Katy Sears-Williams (left office 11-15-88)
  • Joseph Ghio
1989 Mardi Wormhoudt
(11-15-88)
  • Jane Yokoyama (11-28-89) *
  • Don Lane (11-15-88)
  • John G. Mahaney (11-15-88)
  • Mo Reich (11-15-88)
    (resigned 2-24-89)
  • Joseph J. Ghio
  • John Laird
  • Katherine Beiers (appointed 3-28-89)

1970--1979 || 1980--1989 || 1990--1999

1990--1999

Year Mayor Council Members
1990 Mardi Wormhoudt
(11-28-89)
(left office 11-13-90)
  • Jane Yokoyama (11-28-89) *
    (left office 11-13-90)
  • Joseph G. Ghio (left office 11-13-90)
  • John Laird
  • Don Lane
  • John G. Mahaney
  • Katherine Beiers
1991 Jane Yokoyama
(11-13-90)
  • Don Lane *
  • Katherine Beiers
    (reelected 11-13-90 - 2 year term)
  • Neal Coonerty (11-13-90)
  • Scott Kennedy (11-13-90)
  • Louis E. Rittenhouse (11-13-90)
  • John G. Mahaney
1992 Don Lane
(11-26-91)
(left office 11-3-92)
  • Katherine Beiers (11-26-91) *
  • Neal Coonerty
  • Scott Kennedy
  • John G. Mahaney (left office 11-3-92)
  • Louis E. Rittenhouse
  • Jane Yokoyama
1993 Neal Coonerty
(11-3-92)
  • Scott Kennedy *
  • Katherine Beiers
  • Jane Yokoyama (reelected 11-3-92)
  • Louis E. Rittenhouse
  • Michael Rotkin (11-3-92)
  • Cynthia Mathews (11-3-92)
1994 Scott Kennedy
(11-23-93)
  • Katherine Beiers (11-23-93) *
  • Neal Coonerty
    (left office 11-24-94)
  • Jane Yokoyama
  • Louis E. Rittenhouse
    (left office 11-24-94)
  • Michael Rotkin
  • Cynthia Mathews
1995 Katherine Beiers
(11-22-94)
  • Michael E. Rotkin *
  • Mary Beth Campbell (11-22-94)
  • Scott Kennedy (reelected 11-22-94)
  • Cynthia Mathews
  • Celia Scott (11-22-94)
  • Jane Yokoyama
1996 Michael Rotkin
(11-28-95)
  • Cynthia S. Mathews *
  • Katherine Beiers
  • Mary Beth Campbell
  • Scott Kennedy
  • Celia Scott
  • Jane Yokoyama
1997 Cynthia S. Mathews
(11-26-96)
  • Celia Scott *
  • Katherine Beiers (11-26-96)
  • Mary Beth Campbell
  • Michael Hernandez (11-26-96)
  • Scott Kennedy
  • Michael Rotkin (11-26-96)
1998 Celia Scott
(11-25-97)
  • Scott Kennedy *
  • Katherine Beiers
  • Mary Beth Campbell
  • Michael Hernandez
  • Cynthia S. Mathews
  • Michael Rotkin
1999 Katherine Beiers
(11-24-98)
  • Keith A. Sugar * (11-24-98)
  • Tim Fitzmaurice (11-24-98)
  • Michael Hernandez
  • Christopher Krohn (11-24-98)
  • Cynthia S. Mathews
  • Michael Rotkin

1907--1947 || 1948--1969 || 2000--

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