Why it matters?

With a total of five city council members that represent the entire city, rather than a specific district like many cities, Clovis will now have two new representatives making major policy decisions that impact residents' lives. They'll make decisions on land use and zoning policy; supervise the police, fire and parks departments; approve budgets and have the authority to put new taxes on the ballot.

Documented by Rachel Youdelman

Clerk Karey Cha administered the oath of office to Matt Basgall, Drew Bessinger and Diane Pearce who were sworn into office for four-year terms on Dec. 12, 2022.

What happened: The Clovis City Council met on Dec. 12, 2022, to reorganize the composition of the council.

Two new council members, the recently elected Matt Basgall and Diane Pearce, took the oath of office and will each serve a four-year term. Incumbent Drew Bessinger was re-elected. Basgall and Pearce replace outgoing members José Flores and Bob Whalen.

The new council also elected Lynne Ashbeck as the new Clovis mayor, Vong Mouanoutoua as the mayor pro tem.

What’s next: The next Clovis City Council meeting will take place on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.

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