Former Mayor Irma Anderson to be remembered in public service

Former Mayor Irma Anderson will be remembered at Richmond Memorial Auditorium.

The City of Richmond will host a service in memory of trailblazing former Mayor Irma L. Anderson on Thursday, Feb. 29.

The service is open to all will be held from 4-7 p.m. at Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza.

Anderson, who recently died at the age of 93, was a staunch community advocate. She was the first Black woman to serve on the Richmond City Council (1990-2001) and also as the city’s mayor (2001-2006).

Previous to her political career, Anderson rose up the ranks from a nurse to director of public health nursing for Contra Costa County. She is credited with a lasting legacy in the community that includes improving public health and creating opportunities for local youth, said Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia.

The City of Richmond created a page on its website dedicated to memorializing Anderson’s life and achievements.