City of Concord California

News Release

December 7, 2016

Mayor Hoffmeister in second term, Birsan selected as vice mayor

At the Tuesday, Dec. 6 Concord City Council meeting, Mayor Laura Hoffmeister was confirmed as mayor for the second year of her two-year term. Edi Birsan, just re-elected, was selected as vice mayor for a one-year term, replacing Ron Leone. Newly elected Councilmember Carlyn Obringer took the oath of office and was seated at the dais.

The City Council bid farewell to two of its members. Tim Grayson was successful in his bid for the State Assembly and Dan Helix did not run for re-election in November. Earlier in the evening, it was announced that the Public Works Award of Excellence would be renamed the Daniel C. Helix Award of Excellence, and the terrace at the Concord Pavilion would also bear his name.

Helix was appointed to the City Council in February 2011 to fill a vacant position, and was subsequently the top vote-getter in the November 2012 election. He served as mayor in 2013. Helix previously served on the City Council from 1968 to 1976, and served as Mayor from 1972-74. In 2007-08, he served as co-chair of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Project. When the newly constituted CAC convenes in January to work on the next phase of the Reuse Project, Helix will hold an Emeritus position to the Committee with voting rights.

Mayor Hoffmeister, a lifelong Concord resident, has served on the City Council since 1997. She is a past recipient of Contra Costa Women's Hall of Fame Community Leadership Award. She serves on the Board of Directors of the John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund and is active in her support of the various veterans and support organizations including VFW Post 1525 - Clayton Valley, Blue Star Moms and Diablo Valley Veterans.

Vice Mayor Birsan was elected to the City Council in November 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He is an active community leader and has served in many positions, from the Director of Community Services for Concord-Diablo Rotary to the President of the Friends of the Library, to volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations.

For more information, contact the City Clerk’s office at (925) 671-3495.

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