City of Vernon California

Ybarra, Woodruff-Perez elected Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore

Press Release

Vernon, CA (April 19, 2017) – Members of the Vernon City Council certified the City's 2017 Municipal Election results and selected a new mayor on Tuesday.

Honorable Melissa A. Ybarra was selected as Mayor by a 3-to-2 vote of the five-member Vernon City Council while Honorable Yvette Woodruff-Perez was re-elected as Mayor Pro Tempore. Ybarra was re-elected to the City Council after running unopposed in the City's 2017 Municipal Election on April 11th. Ybarra is the daughter of the Honorable Michael A. Ybarra, a former Vernon City Councilmember who died in office in September 2014. Since 2014, Mayor Ybarra served the remainder of her late father's unexpired term. This marks her first official five-year term in office and the City of Vernon's first female mayor.

Mayor Ybarra is the granddaughter of Vernon Mayor Pro Tempore Thomas A. Ybarra who served on the city council for 43-years and great niece of former Vernon Councilmember Esteban Peralta who served on the council for 15-years in the 1930s. Honorable Yvette Woodruff-Perez, Vernon city councilmember, was re-elected by a unanimous vote of the five-member city council to continue her role as mayor pro tempore. Elected to the Vernon City Council in April of 2015, Mayor Pro Tempore Woodruff –Perez is serving a five-year term. Her election to the city's five-member council established the first-ever female council majority as well as the first-ever Latina majority in the City of Vernon's 109-year history.

Mayor Pro Tempore Woodruff-Perez is an ICU Nurse and Public Health Nurse, with certifications in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. For over a decade, she has worked in Public Safety Communications as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher and 911 Operator.

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