San Jacinto Council elects new mayor and mayor pro tem

Photo by Melissa Diaz Hernandez/The Valley ChronicleMayor Pro Tem Russ Utz and Mayor Crystal Ruiz were elected by their city council colleagues on Dec. 5. ■ Kyle Selby / Reporter Crystal Ruiz is the mayor of San Jacinto once more, after a divisive vote Tuesday, Dec. 5, which also elected fellow councilman Russ Utz as mayor pro tem. Ruiz is no stranger to the appointed position. Previously, she served her first term as mayor in 2015, and was re-elected the following year. “Each year, in the first city council meeting in the month of December, the City Council by vote will determine which member will act as mayor and mayor pro

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