WINDSOR (CBS SF) – Town officials in the Community of Windsor have nominated Vice Mayor Sam Salmon to replace former Mayor Dominic Fopoli, who resigned last month after facing multiple sexual harassment allegations.
The allegations against the former mayor have rocked the city in Sonoma County, with members of the public saying he has lost faith in the city council.
In the council’s first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic, members of the council unanimously accepted Fopopoli’s resignation on Wednesday night. Thereafter, the council was to decide whether a new mayor would be appointed or if a special election would take place.
Despite strong public support for newly-elected council member Rosa Renoza to be mayor, Salmon was nominated by council in a 3-1 vote on Wednesday night. Renoza was the only no vote.
#windsor The city council nominated Deputy Mayor Sam Salmon to take over as the next mayor. It was a 3-1 vote. The newly elected Rosa Renoza did not vote. She ran in a special election last month for a vacant council seat.
— Andrea Nakano (@AndreaKPIX) 3 June 2021
accordingly on the city’s websiteSalmon was first elected to the council in 1994. Salmon has also been president of the Sonoma County Land Use Commission and the Sonoma County Bar Association.
“I am sure this is my last term. I have been on the council for several years and I think it is probably time to bring some stability,” Salmon told KPIX 5.
Salmon will now serve the remainder of Fopoli’s term, which expires in December 2022.
The newly appointed mayor said he was well aware of the challenge before him. “I’m not going to be able to satisfy everyone’s wishes, it’s not going to happen. But I like to be heard and available and if we have to, we can agree to disagree,” Salmon he said.
Following Salmon’s nomination, the council attempted to appoint a candidate to fill his place on the council, but could not agree on a candidate. The council will now accept applications from those wishing to join.
fopoli Resigned on 21st May The events in 2003 came after several women came to the fore alleging sexual harassment by the former mayor. The alleged victims include another council member and a reality TV star who said he was attacked by Fopoli while he was vacationing in Florida. March.
The allegations prompted investigations by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the California Attorney General’s office, with calls by the council for Fopoli’s resignation, along with a recall campaign brought by residents.
Fopoli is under investigation. No FIR has been registered till Wednesday.
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