Napa’s first Latino council member took office Tuesday before a packed house of residents and supporters.
Alfredo Pedroza, 25, was sworn in just after noon, making him not only the first Latino on the council, but also the youngest in the city’s history.
After he took the oath of office, Scott Sedgley was also sworn in by City Clerk Dorothy Roberts, followed by Mayor Jill Techel, who was re-elected in November to a third, and what she has said will be final, four-year term.
Pedroza, who would attend his first council meeting later Tuesday, said he was happy to have a full agenda of issues to discuss, including a proposal to allocate money to build a downtown boat dock.
“This is what we worked for, to have the opportunity to represent the people here today and everyone in Napa,” Pedroza said. “We all want to do well in Napa, and now the expectations are here. It’s time to work.”
Sedgley, who is a regular patron of Butter Cream Bakery, joked he might have less time to go there in the mornings now that he has a job again. Sedgley retired from the city’s fire department in July, 2011 with the rank of captain after more than 30 years in fire service .
“It does require a good amount of attention,” Sedgley said of the part-time council job. “It’s great to come out of retirement and join the team again, and be back with all my friends because I have a lot of friends in the city.”
Before the new council members were sworn in, departing members Jim Krider and Mark van Gorder moved and seconded the election results, which were unanimously approved by the council.
Krider was defeated in his bid for a third term, while van Gorder ran instead for a seat on the Napa County Board of Supervisors. He was not elected to the board.
Sedgley received 22.69 percent of the vote, while Pedroza received 21.31 percent. Mayor Jill Techel, who was challenged by Peter Mott, received 61.28 percent.
At the new council’s first meeting Tuesday afternoon, the council unanimously appointed Peter Mott as vice mayor. In the event Techel is unable to perform her duties, Mott will act in her place. If Techel were to vacate her position as mayor mid-term, Mott would take her place until voters elected a permanent mayor.
The vice mayor position is filled on a cyclical basis. Next year, Inman will assume the role, followed by Sedgley, followed by Pedroza.
According to a city staff report, the final cost of the city election is not yet known, but is expected to be higher than $86,000, the cost of the 2008 election. The expected rise in cost is due to more candidates, the new requirement to publish all materials in Spanish, and typical cost increases.