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City Council members vote unanimously to appoint longtime councilor as mayor

BARBARA SHERMAN - Mayor Ken Gibson (right) thanked outgoing City Manager Dave Wells for his service to the city at Wells' farewell coffee and presented him with a crystal plaque. Ken Gibson became King City’s new mayor March 2, when his fellow City Council members voted unanimously to appoint him mayor.

In King City, councilor members appoint mayors for two-year terms instead of voters electing them. Gibson was council president and has been leading City Council meetings for the past several months due to former Mayor Darrel Unruh’s illness; Unruh resigned Feb.12 and passed away March 4. (See Page 6.)

Gibson, who lives with his wife Ramona in Edgewater on the Tualatin, was appointed to an empty seat on the council in April 2008 for a term ending December 2010, and he didn’t run for election in November 2010 due to other commitments.

After another opening on the council occurred in the fall of 2011, Gibson applied and was appointed again. He successfully ran for election in the November 2012 election and will serve as mayor through the end of this year, when Unruh’s mayoral term would have expired,

The Gibsons moved to King City in March 2006 after he retired from a 32-year career with United Airlines at the San Francisco Maintenance Operations Center, spending the last 15 years as manager of overhauling jet engine parts.

When Gibson ran for the City Council in November 2012, he said about the original 55-plus King City Civic Association part of the city and the “new” areas, “We need to bring the two sides of the city together, and I want to be part of this. I hate to say the ‘old’ and ‘new’ parts of the city, but if I can do a better job of informing people what is going on, that will help. That’s the biggest part of my unfinished business.”

The Gibsons have a grown son and daughter and two grandsons.

Also at the March 2 meeting, the council elected Al Reu as council president.

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