Brooks named Rancho Palos Verdes mayor

Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Susan Brooks. Photo courtesy

Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Susan Brooks. Photo courtesy

Susan Brooks was named Rancho Palos Verdes mayor Tuesday night, taking over for outgoing Mayor Anthony Misetich. The mayor, chosen by a majority of councilmembers, is usually a formality, but not this time.

Councilman Brian Campbell, who was next in line to take office, declined the job and nominated Councilman Jerry Duhovic. Councilman Jim Knight nominated Brooks because she received the most votes in the last election and Misetich represented the swing vote.

Brooks previously served as RPV mayor in 1994 when she ran as the Republican nominee against Rep. Jane Harmon for a seat in the U.S Congress. Heading into her next stint as RPV mayor, Brooks said she wants to continue her pledge of listening to the voters and talking less. She said she’ll continue to hold public forums the second Tuesday of every month at Starbucks in Golden Cove Center.

“I’m hoping I can use my skills as a mediator and former special education teacher in the best interests of the residents,” said Brooks, who’ll be presiding over the city’s 40th anniversary soon. “We have a lot to celebrate. We have a wonderful city. We want to keep paradise, paradise.”

Jerry Duhovic, who was named mayor pro-tem, said the city has a lot of challenges ahead including shoring up San Ramon Canyon, development plans and street improvements.

“Most of these challenges involve dealing with money,” Duhovic said.


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