Outgoing Mayor Mary Campbell recognized as an inclusive leader over the past year and during the pandemic

City of Hermosa Beach logoThe Hermosa Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to elevate Mayor Pro Tem Justin Massey to the position of mayor and to select Councilmember Michael Detoy to serve the new mayor pro tem. The Council and others also praised outgoing Mayor Mary Campbell for her service over the past year, including the last nine months when the City has faced multiple challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We thank Mary for her steady and inclusive leadership that guided the City during these trying times,” said Mayor Massey. “I am honored to continue her work to keep Hermosa safe and seize every opportunity to advance the interests of Hermosans.”

Mayor Pro Tem Detoy also expressed his appreciation for being selected and praised the former mayor for her leadership.

“I look forward to working with Mayor Massey and the City’s leadership team in the year ahead and continuing to work with the community and our local businesses to help restore our economy,” Mayor Pro Tem Detoy said.

Upon turning the gavel over to the new mayor, Councilmember Campbell said it has been an honor to serve as Mayor during unprecedented times when the challenges have been great, but new opportunities have also emerged.

“This has been such an extraordinary year that has led to so many important discussions about health here and around the globe and racial injustice in our nation, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to participate in those discussions and help us shape our City’s response to all of this,” she said. “I so appreciate the support I’ve had from my fellow councilmembers, City staff and our community and look forward to working with Mayor Massey and Mayor Pro Tem Detoy.”

Councilmember Hany Fangary recused himself from the vote on the mayor and mayor pro tem.