SANTA MONICA—Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday, December 13 for Ted Winterer to become the city’s newest mayor.

Winterer and Gleam Davis, who will serve as mayor pro tempore, are slated to succeed Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vasquez and Mayor Pro Tem Kevin McKeown. The city council elects a new mayor every two years.

Winterer, who has served as a council member and vice chair to the Planning Commission, has lived in Santa Monica for 25 years and works in real estate. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1979, where he studied English and film.

Winterer’s primary focus while serving on the city council was preserving Santa Monica’s character, as well as improving issues related to parking and traffic, homelessness and resolving diversity issues within the city. He is a proponent of local businesses and is looking to expand the police and fire departments, as well as other social services throughout the area.

He is involved in several areas across the public spectrum. He served as president of the Ocean Park Association and Commissioner of the Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Department. 

“I look forward to the work ahead with Mayor Pro Tem Davis and to the challenges and successes we are sure to see to keep Santa Monica the special place that it is,” said Winterer in a statement.