City seeks nominations for 2014 Alcalde

Posted on November 20, 2013 by Sonoma Valley Sun

The City of Sonoma is once again seeking nominations for its Honorary Alcalde (‘Mayor,’ in Spanish), a ceremonial post bestowed upon a leader in the non-profit community.

A tradition of the pueblo system, the Alcalde was revived locally in 1975 when the city council decided to once again find “the town’s most useful citizen.” The city council has voted for an “honorary Alcalde” every year since. The honoree is given a silver-headed cane as a symbol of the honor and makes appearances at numerous public events.

Letters of nomination should demonstrate an individual’s voluntary community service to Sonoma Valley, with a leadership role in at least one non-profit organization. The nominee should be well known for consistent behind-the-scenes good deeds, and adhere to a high standard of moral and ethical values without seeking public accolades or recognition for work done.

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on November 27, 2013 and should be sent to Linda Kelly, City Manager, No. 1, The Plaza, Sonoma CA 95476. For more information call the City Clerk’s office at 933-2216.

Alcalde honor roll

The very first Alcade was August Pinelli, in 1976. Here are some of the more recent recipients:

2000 – Howie Ehret
2001 – Robert Cannard, Sr.
2002 – Mitch Mulas
2003 – Ellie Baker
2004 – Sue Holman & Susan Weeks
2005 – June Sheppard
2006 – Al & Kathy Mazza
2007 – Phyllis Carter

2008 – Sy Lenz
2009 – Elizabeth Kemp

2010 – Niels Chew

2011 – Mary Evelyn Arnold
2012 – Whitney Evans
2013 – Les and Judy Vadász

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