Chris Hamm selected as mayor pro tem

Newly-elected Mayor Tim Brown thanks predecessor Bob Baker upon his taking over the post Tuesday. Photo by Jim Shilander
Newly-elected Mayor Tim Brown thanks predecessor Bob Baker upon his taking over the post Tuesday. Photo by Jim Shilander

By Jim Shilander

Tim Brown was elected San Clemente’s new mayor by his fellow council members at the body’s annual reorganization meeting Tuesday.

Brown was elected in 2010 and has served as mayor pro tem for the last two years, first under Jim Evert and then Bob Baker. Chris Hamm was selected as mayor pro tem and nominated Brown, with Evert seconding.

With an election next November and three council seats opening up, including his own, Brown sounded a note of contrition upon taking his new seat.

“There’s more that unites us than divides us,” Brown said. “In the end, we all love the city of San Clemente.”

Brown said he appreciated the opportunity given to him by his fellow council members, as well as the opportunity to serve and to meet residents he might not have been able to. He also thanked his family.

“I have met so many people, I wouldn’t have otherwise,” Brown said. “Many have become lifelong friends.”

Baker expressed appreciation for his year as the city’s top elected official, noting that his favorite part of the job was presenting awards and recognizing citizens at the beginning of council meetings.

A number of residents wore “#1 Bob Baker” shirts from the 2012 council campaign in support of the outgoing mayor, and speakers throughout the meeting congratulated Brown and Hamm on their election.

Brown and Evert, both elected in 2010, and Lori Donchak, first elected in 2006, are up for reelection November 4, 2014. None have publicly stated whether they will run again as yet

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