BY DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

Published: 29 November 2011 01:50 PM

Dick Riddell, a 30-year Yucaipa resident who retired from an engineering firm to devote full time to local politics, has been reappointed to a 14th term as the city’s mayor.

“I can’t believe how many times he is out doing things,” Yucaipa resident Bobbi Sissons told the City Council on Tuesday night while urging Riddell’s reappointment. “I’m in favor of that. Let’s keep him here.”

The council did just that, voting unanimously to keep Riddell as mayor for another year. Riddell followed that vote by nominating Diane Smith for another term as mayor pro tem, which also received a 5-0 vote.

Five residents praised Riddell for his devotion to the job.

“He seems to show up at every event we have, every function,” said Ginny Parrish, a member of the city’s open space and trails committee.

Dottie Potter said the mayor “has the experience and the knowledge and (knows) the history to serve as mayor. He also has the time.”

Riddell, a councilman for 17 years, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that he considers himself a full-time mayor.

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