Thurston "Smitty" Smith is Hesperia's mayor for a second year in a row.
At the first Hesperia City Council meeting in December each year, the council chooses a new mayor and mayor pro tem. They're largely ceremonial roles, although some mayors have thrown themselves into the role more than others.
Normally, the current mayor pro tem, who fills the role when the mayor is unavailable, is elevated to mayor the next year. Not this year, though.
At Tuesday night's council meeting, when it time to nominate a new mayor, there was silence. After a few moments, Vogler broke it and nominated herself. There was silence again. With no council members seconding the motion, the measure died.
Vogler then nominated Councilman Paul Bosacki as mayor pro tem, and the measure quickly and quietly passed by a unanimous vote.
A moment later, Councilman Mike Leonard then nominated Smith for a second term, and the motion passed by a 5-0 vote. He becomes one of a select group of council members ever to serve as mayor in back to back terms, along with Bruce Kitchen, Percy Bakker and Jim Lindley.
Vogler, the heir apparent, getting passed over for the top position on the council in favor of the incumbent echoes a similar situation on the Hesperia Unified School District school board in 2008. Board vice-president Lee Rogers, who clearly expected to take over the presidential role from Robert Kirk, ended up retaining the role when Kirk was nominated for a second time and accepted the position. (He stepped down from the position in April 2009.)
In the council member comment period at the end of the meeting, Vogler said she had gotten a "vote of no confidence" tonight from fellow council members and that her ego is bruised.
"But that's OK," Vogler continued. "The voters have been very good to me."
Vogler, who was mayor in 2007, was the top vote-getter in the 2006 election -- beating out fellow council members Smith and Ed Pack -- and in 2002.
The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.
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July 1988 - June 1990 - Bruce Kitchen
June 1990 - June 1991 - George Beardsley
July 1991 - June 1992 - Percy Bakker
July 1992 - June 1993 - Percy Bakker
July 1993 - December 1994 - Mike Lampignano
December 1994 - December 1995 - Diana Nourse
December 1995 - December 1996 - Robert May
December 1996 - December 1997 - Rosemarie James
December 1997 - December 1998 - John Abbott
December 1998 - December 1999 - Dennis Nowicki
December 1999 - December 2000 - Jim Lindley
December 2000 - December 2001 - Jim Lindley
January 2002 - December 2002 - Bill Jensen
December 2002 - December 2003 - Dennis Nowicki
December 2003 - December 2004 - Tad Honeycutt
December 2004 - December 2005 - Jim Lindley
December 2005 - December 2006 - Tad Honeycutt
December 2006 - December 2007 - Rita Vogler
December 2007 - December 2008 - Mike Leonard
December 2008 - December 2009 - Thurston Smith
December 2009 - present - Thurston Smith