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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 12/09/14, 9:57 PM PST | Updated: 30 secs ago

YUCAIPA >> The Yucaipa City Council has welcomed a new council member and said goodbye to Councilman Tom Masner.

Masner — who lost re-election to David Avila, a retired Cal Fire Battalion Chief, by a mere 55 votes on Nov. 4 — was honored by his colleagues during his last meeting on Monday. Masner, a retired sheriff’s sergeant from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, served on the council for 16 years.

“I feel blessed to have been able to serve the citizens over the past 16 years, and I always considered every citizen of the city on every vote,” Masner said. “After I was first elected, I remember sitting on the edge of my bed with my head in my hands, and I told my wife ‘Oh my God, now what am I going to do?’

“It was overwhelming the responsibility I just took on my shoulders because the decisions made on this dais, they’re not for today or tomorrow or even 10, 20 years from now. These decisions are 50-year or 100-year decisions.”

Greg Bogh, who was named mayor pro tem Monday, won re-election Nov. 4 and was given the oath of office along with Avila.

Denise Hoyt will continue her role as mayor.

“I want to say it has been a distinct pleasure to serve on the behalf of all the members of this community,” she said. “It’s certainly an honor that I do not take lightly and will continue to be your eyes, your ears, your voice. Do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns.”

Masner also thanked staff.

“This is the best staff from top to bottom,” he said. “It’s the best staff there is. Nobody could make it better.”

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