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New council takes oath at Friday event
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Eric Ingwerson, Mike Kline, Bret Durossette and Chris Vierra will take the oath of office on Friday to assume new terms on the Ceres City Council.

A special City Council meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 for the installation of the newly elected council members and mayor. The public is invited to attend the event at the Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth Street. Refreshments will be served.

The event will bring to a close the council term of Guillermo Ochoa, who has served for six years. Honors for Ochoa will come at the 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 City Council meeting.

Ochoa lost his re-election bid by 29 votes in the Nov. 8 municipal election. In official election counts, Durossette was top vote-getter for a four-year term with 1,581 votes, or 22.6 percent. Kline seized Ochoa's seat by collecting 1,322 votes (24.28 percent) over Ochoa's tally of 1,293. Coming in last place was Daniel Padilla who collected 1,228 votes, or 22.56 percent.

Ingwerson, a former Ceres mayor and councilman, outdistanced his competition for the two-year City Council seat. Ingwerson dominated the race with 1,246 votes, or 38.44 percent, over Linda Ryno who had 1,088 votes (33.57 percent) and Hugo Molina who collected 896 votes, or 27.65 percent.

Ingwerson is filling a seat that has remained vacant since Jan. 3 when Chris Vierra was appointed mayor to fill the vacancy created by Anthony Cannella, who was elected to the state Senate. Vierra's seat could not legally be filled because of a state law that forbids a council to be comprised of a majority of appointed members. The council opted in January to keep the seat vacant for most of 2011 since an election was cheaper in November than the cost of a special election.

The seat expired in 2013 and will be available then as a four-year term.

Vierra was unopposed for mayor. He received 2,784 votes. Vierra's new term of office will end in 2015.

Kline, 53, was elected in his third attempt to seek a City Council seat. Kline has served on the Ceres Planning Commission since 2007. His election to the council will prompt a vacancy on the commission and a subsequent appointment. A resident of Ceres for 46 years, Kline is a sales account manager with Tony's Fine Foods.

Ingwerson, 57, has served two terms as mayor of Ceres and nine years on the Ceres City Council. He served on the Ceres Planning Commission from 1988 to 1994, then served on the Ceres City Council from 1994 to 2003. Ingwerson was mayor of Ceres from 1998 to 1999 and 2001 to 2003. He's stepping off as a member of the Ceres Unified School District Board of Trustees, a job he's held since 2007.

Ingwerson has been with the PMZ Real Estate team since 1994, serving as sales manager of the Ceres office.

Durossette, 44, has served on the Ceres City Council since he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of deceased Councilman Rob Phipps in 2008. He earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education, and teaching credential and his administrative credential, and has taught at Ceres High School since 1994. He is three classes shy from earning his master's degree, and will be finishing by the end of the school year.

Harry Herbert, the city treasurer, was re-elected with no fanfare for his office. Herbert received 2,712 votes in the election.