Santa Cruz County History - Government



Historical Listing of Mayors, 1876--

The City of Santa Cruz received its first charter from the State of California in 1876. The charter specified that the City would be governed an elected body consisting of a Mayor and a four-member Common Council.

A City Charter amendment approved at the 3-6-79 election changed Councilmembers terms of office (4 years) to elections held in November of odd-numbered years, instead of April, beginning with the election of 11-3-1981. It also provided for the Mayor to be elected from among the members of the Council at the second meeting of November of each year.

The Mayoral Historical listing was revised [by the S.C. City Clerk's Office] in November 2002 to bring consistency to the assignment of numbers. Numbers are assigned consistent with the practice of numbering Presidents of the United States as follows:

When a Councilmember is elected Mayor he/she is assigned the next sequential number in the Mayor's List. When a Mayor is reelected Mayor for a term with no break in service as Mayor the Mayoral number is retained. When a Councilmember is elected Mayor after having a break in service as Mayor, he/she is assigned the next sequential number on the list.

Information is courtesy of the S.C. City Clerk's Office

Number Name Term
1. William F. Cooper, Mayor (4-13-76) 1876-78
2. D. Hinds, Mayor (5-6-78) 1878-80
3. J. D. Chace, Mayor (5-3-80) 1880-84
4. Robert Effey, Mayor (5-1-84) 1884-88
5. G. Bowman, Mayor (5-7-88) 1888-92
6. W. T. Jeter, Mayor (5-2-92) 1892-94
7. Robert Effey, Mayor (5-7-94) 1894-96
8. H. H. Clark, Mayor (5-4-96) 1896-98
9. W. H. Lamb, Mayor (4-25-98) 1898-1900
10. J. P. Parker, Mayor (5-7-1900) 1900-02
11. David C. Clark, Mayor (5-5-02) 1902-06
12. T. W. Drullard, Mayor (5-7-06) 1906-07
13. S. A. Palmer, Mayor (5-6-07) 1907-09
14. T. W. Drullard, Mayor (5-3-09) 1909-11
15. George W. Stone, Mayor (7-3-11) 1911-13
16. T. W. Drullard, Mayor (7-7-13) 1913-15
17. F. R. Howe, Mayor (7-5-15) 1915-17
18. A. A. Taylor, Mayor (7-2-17) 1917-19
19. Carl C. Kratzenstein, Mayor (7-7-19) 1919-23
20. J. B. Maher, Mayor (7-2-23) 1923-25
21. W. O. Kerrick, Mayor (7-6-25) 1925-27
22. Fred W. Swanton, Mayor (7-4-27) 1927-33
23. Roy Hammond, Mayor (7-3-33)
(deceased 6-15-36)
1933-36
24. C.D. Hinkle, Mayor
(appointed by Auditing Committee and
assumed office at 6-25-36 meeting)
1936-41
25. Edwin L. Rich, Mayor (7-7-41) 1941-43
26. F. Roy Fulmer, Mayor (7-5-43) 1943-47
27. C.M. Aldrich, Mayor (7-7-47) 1947-48
28. Sam Clarke NcNeely, Mayor (5-25-48) 1948-50
29. George N. Penniman, Mayor (4-25-50) 1950-51
30. Jack L. Chiorini, Mayor (4-17-51) 1951-53
31. C. L. Dysle, Mayor (4-21-53) 1953-54
32. Patrick J. Freeman, Mayor (4-27-54) 1954-55
33. Tom Polk Williams, Sr., Mayor (4-19-55) 1955-56
34. Paul E. Forgey, Mayor (4-24-56) 1956-57
35. Olin Carl White, Mayor (4-16-57) 1957-58
36. Adrian J. Jensen, Mayor (4-22-58) 1958-59
37. Ted R. Foster, Mayor (4-21-59) 1959-60
38. Harold E. Carriger, Mayor (4-26-60) 1960-61
39. John C. Daly, Mayor (4-18-61) 1961-62
40. Bert B. Snyder, Jr., Mayor (4-24-62) 1962-63
41. John McBain, Mayor (4-16-63) 1963-64
42. Norman Lezin, Mayor (4-28-64) 1964-65
43. Norman A. Walters, Mayor (4-20-65) 1965-66
44. Eugene M. Fleming, Mayor (4-26-66) 1966-67
45. Samuel Leask III, Mayor (4-18-67) 1967-68
46. Raymond H. Goodrich, Mayor (4-23-68) 1968-69
47. Richard J. Werner, Mayor (4-15-69) 1969-70
48. Ernest Wicklund, Jr., Mayor (4-28-70) 1970-71
49. Lorette Wood, Mayor (4-20-71) 1971-72
50.. Al Castagnola, Mayor (4-25-72) 1972-73
51. Vernon L. Smith, Mayor (4-17-73) 1973-74
52. Louis B. "Bert" Muhly, Mayor (4-23-74) 1974-75
53. Sally Di Girolamo, Mayor (4-15-75) 1975-76
54. John J. Mahaney, Mayor (4-27-76) 1976-77
55. Joseph J. Ghio, Mayor (4-19-77) 1977-78
56. Lawrence A. Edler, Mayor (4-25-78) 1978-79
57. John J. Mahaney, Mayor (3-27-79) 1979-80
58. Joseph J. Ghio, Mayor
(extended term due to charter amendment)
(3-25-80 - 11-24-81)
59. Michael E. Rotkin, Mayor (11-24-81) 1981-82
60. Bruce Van Allen, Mayor (11-23-82) 1982-83
61. John Laird, Mayor (11-15-83) 1983-84
62. Mardi Wormhoudt, Mayor (11-27-84) 1984-85
63. Michael E. Rotkin, Mayor (11-26-85) 1985-86
64. Jane Weed, Mayor (11-25-86) 1986-87
65. John Laird, Mayor (11-24-87) 1987-88
66. Mardi Wormhoudt, Mayor (11-15-88 - 11-13-90)
(two terms - earthquake 10-17-89)
1988-90
67. Jane Yokoyama, Mayor (11-13-90) 1990-91
68. Don Lane, Mayor (11-26-91) 1991-92
69. Neal Coonerty, Mayor (11-3-92) 1992-93
70. Scott Kennedy, Mayor (11-23-93) 1993-94
71. Katherine Beiers, Mayor (11-22-94) 1994-95
72. Michael E. Rotkin, Mayor (11-28-95) 1995-96
73. Cynthia Mathews, Mayor (11-26-96) 1996-97
74. Celia Scott, Mayor (11-25-97) 1997-98
75. Katherine Beiers, Mayor (11-24-98) 1998-99
76. Keith A. Sugar, Mayor (11-23-99) 1999-2000
77. Timothy Fitzmaurice, Mayor (11-28-2000) 2000-01
78. Christopher Krohn, Mayor (11-27-01) 2001-02
79. Emily Reilly, Mayor (11-26-02) 2002-03
80. Scott Kennedy, Mayor (11-25-03) 2003-04
81. Mike Rotkin, Mayor (11-23-04) 2004-05
82. Cynthia Mathews, Mayor (11-22-05) 2005-06
83. Emily Reilly, Mayor (11-28-06) 2006-07
84. Ryan Coonerty, Mayor (11-27-07) 2007-08
85. Cynthia Mathews, Mayor (11-23-08) 2008-09
86. Mike Rotkin, Mayor (12-01-09) 2009-10

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