The Danville Town Council unanimously and enthusiastically selected Robert Storer to lead the town as mayor, with Karen Stepper to serve as vice mayor, for the next year as part of 37th Annual Mayor’s Installation and Community Service Awards event Tuesday evening.
Stepper and Storer also took the oath of office during the ceremony for their new four-year terms on the council after finishing first and second, respectively, in the Nov. 6 election.
“I am humbled and honored to serve the town of Danville. I want to thank you for allowing me this opportunity,” Storer told the council after his ascension to the position. “These council members on my right and on my left are incredible ambassadors for Danville and I am proud to work with each of them. You are all role models and my friends and we make good decisions on behalf of the town of Danville together.
Danville’s mayor and vice mayor are chosen from among the five Town Council members by themselves, as opposed to being elected directly by the voters. Council members met at the Danville Community Center on Tuesday night to select the civic leaders and recognize community volunteers.
This will be Storer’s second time selected as Danville’s mayor, having previously served in the position in 2014.
Storer was recently elected to his third full term on the Danville council. He has been involved in local government since 2001 and has served the community on the Chamber of Commerce, Planning Commission, Design Review Board, Finance Committee and as council liaison to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
Stepper, the 2019 vice mayor, is a 16-year veteran of the Town Council who has served as mayor three times, in 2006, 2011 and 2016.
“Tonight as Robert and I enter a new page that allows us to engage and support the passions of this extremely generous and community oriented audience your participation has truly honored us. Thank you all for being present,” Stepper told the audience Tuesday night.
Both officials won re-election by huge margins, Stepper was the top vote-getter earning 45% of votes, followed closely by Storer who gathered 40.72% in the three-candidate race.
Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Wade Rhyne was present during the ceremony and administered the oath of office to the new mayor and vice mayor.
Storer spent the past year as vice mayor under Newell Arnerich, who as of Tuesday had finished his sixth turn as mayor.
“We have all learned a lot from Newell Arnerich. He has represented this town locally and regionally with a strong voice,” Storer said. “He has performed with dignity professionalism and poise. Tonight we honor you, sir.”
Arnerich said one of his proudest accomplishments of his time in town governance has been the well managed and responsible growth plan created by the council.
“If you come back (to Danville) 30 years from now, I can stand here and tell you that population sign that you see won't change very much because we planned it that way,” Arnerich said. “You will see 30 to 50 people added and that is it. Our growth is done.”
Prior to the selection of Storer as mayor the council spent a little over an hour recognizing community contributors during Danville’s annual Community Service Awards.
The swearing-in and awards ceremony will be broadcast on AT&T U-verse channel 99 and Comcast channel 26, on Dec. 11 and 18 at 11 a.m., Dec. 16 and 23 at 1 p.m. and Dec. 13 and 20 at 8 p.m.