Kenmore City Council appoints a new mayor and deputy mayor

By Bob Kirkpatrick

Nigel Herbig and Melanie O’Cain will serve as mayor and deputy mayor for the city of Kenmore for the next two years. The two were elected to the positions at the Jan. 10 city council meeting.

Herbig takes over the top city administrator spot from David Baker, who served two consecutive terms as mayor of Kenmore from 2008–2021.

“I want to thank councilmember Baker for everything he has done as mayor of Kenmore,” Herbig said. “His service to this community is unparalleled and his name will always be synonymous with Kenmore. These are big shoes to fill, and I thank my colleagues for placing this trust in me.”

O’Cain was grateful for her appointment.

“The past two years on Kenmore City Council have been the most uplifting of my life. This community, city staff, and council come together in a unique way that makes Kenmore special,” O’Cain said. “I feel honored and thankful to have the opportunity to serve as deputy mayor for the next two years.

“I want to congratulate Mayor Herbig on his promotion and thank councilmember Baker for his outstanding service as the visionary mayor of Kenmore for 14 years. I look forward to working with Mayor Herbig and this council as we continue to propel Kenmore upward.”

Baker will remain on the council through 2023.

“It has been such a joy to serve as mayor for the last 14 years—it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I’m grateful for the council’s and the community’s trust in allowing me to serve in this role,” said Baker said. “I won’t be going away—I’m still serving on the city council. Good luck to Mayor Herbig and Deputy Mayor O’Cain. They have my full support.”

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