Rich Kinney sworn-in as San Pablo’s mayor

Rich Kinney sworn-in as San Pablo's mayor

Rich Kinney was sworn-in as San Pablo’s mayor during a ceremony at Monday’s council meeting.

Each year, elected members on San Pablo’s council vote to appoint one of their own as mayor for a one-year term. Kinney, formerly vice mayor, assumes a term that ends in November 2016. He succeeds Councilmember Kathy Chao-Rothberg, who endorsed him for the mayoral role. Fellow Councilmember Cecilia Valdez has been appointed as San Pablo’s vice mayor through November of next year.

The video below, captured by a resident who attended the council meeting, shows local pastors praying with Kinney during the ceremony. The city’s website has already been updated to identify Kinney as mayor.

In a Facebook post last month, Kinney said he was grateful to be endorsed by Chao-Rothberg to assume the role of mayor.

Kinney, who was elected to the four-year term on council in 2012, is meanwhile running for State Senate (District 9) in the 2016 election. Below is a recent video introducing his candidacy. Last year, he lost a bid to become the State Assemblymember in the 15th District to Tony Thurmond. To learn more about Kinney, visit his resume on the city’s website here. It identifies Kinney as a veteran community leader, local teacher, basketball coach and a pastor.