Video: Jill Hunter Sworn In as Saratoga Mayor

Administering the oath of office were Assemblyman Paul Fong; Vice Mayor Emily Lo was sworn in by city clerk Crystal Bothelio.


Surrounded by many of her family members, Saratoga Councilwoman Jill Hunter was officially appointed by her peers and sworn in as the city's next mayor Wednesday evening.

Those supporting her in the role were husband Dennis, one of her four sons, and a cousin who flew in for the official ceremony from Miami.

The nomination of Hunter and Councilwoman Emily Lo, as vice mayor, came after Saratoga City Clerk Crystal Bothelio declared the offices vacant.

Nominating Hunter was former mayor Chuck Page, whose motion was seconded by several colleagues and unanimously approved.

Administering the oath of office for Hunter was Democratic Assemblyman Paul Fong, who represents the 28th Assembly District.

Hunter then, in her first official duty as mayor, asked for vice mayoral nominations, but beat everyone to the punch by nominating Lo, which was also unanimously approved.

Administering the oath of office for Lo was Bothelio.

"I think Dennis is going to enjoy his bachelorhood," said Page about Hunter's husband, in his customary good-humored manner, to laughter from the audience.

Saratoga has an annually-rotated mayoral position. Page ended his one-year term Wednesday evening. 

Michelle McIntyre December 06, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Exciting news. Congratulations Jill Hunter and Emily Lo!
Annette December 06, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Jill Hunter has worked tirelessly for Saratoga --initiating the Saratoga Village Development Council, Village Gardeners as well as participated on the Planning Commission, Heritage Preservation Commission, City Council-- it is very gratifying to see Jill in the role of Mayor. Congratulations, Jill!!
Debra Cummins December 07, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Congratulations Jill & Emily!


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