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City of Sparks swears in Mayor Ed Lawson

Ed Lawson will be sworn in as the 26th mayor of Sparks.
Ed Lawson will be sworn in as the 26th mayor of Sparks.(City of Sparks)
Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 12:35 PM PDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2020 at 5:44 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Ed Lawson was sworn in as the 26th mayor for the City of Sparks on Monday.

Mayor Lawson will serve out the remainder of Mayor Ron Smith’s term through the November 2022 election cycle. Mayor Smith died August 19 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

“I’m extremely honored to have the great privilege of serving as mayor of the City of Sparks,” Lawson said. “I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend and mentor, Mayor Ron Smith, and plan to continue the amazing work he has done for this great city.”

Mayor Lawson was elected to the Sparks City Council in November 2010, reelected in 2014 and 2018 and was appointed Mayor Pro Tempore in November of 2018.

During Monday’s city council meeting, Dian VanderWell was sworn in to fill out Mayor Lawson’s term as councilmember for Ward 2.

Mayor Lawson appointed Councilmember Charlene Bybee to serve as Mayor Pro Tempore. She would perform the mayoral duties should a temporary absence or disability of the mayor occur.

Monday’s council meeting was held virtually.

You can watch the meeting here:

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