Rita Lamb first female mayor of Cathedral City since 2014

CATHEDRAL CITY — For the first time since 2014, a female, Rita Lamb, will serve as mayor of this community, the second largest in the Coachella Valley. Lamb was sworn into office Tuesday, Dec. 13 with her husband David by her side.

Lamb, like other members of the City Council, will serve a one-year rotation. She succeeds Ernesto Gutierrez.

Council members Mark Carnevale and Raymond Gregory were each also sworn in for another four-year term. Each was unopposed in his reelection bid. Carnevale will serve as mayor pro tem.

The last female mayor was Kathy DeRosa, who served from 2004 to 2014. She was the longest serving mayor in the history of the city. She served on the City Council prior to becoming mayor.

As Lamb prepares to take the ceremonial helm, Uken Report (UR) posed a few questions.

UR: What does being mayor mean to you?

Rita Lamb: Being mayor means being the face of our city for this next year; and working with council and staff to communicate our goals and actions for enhancing the quality of life for our residents.

UR: What are your priorities?

Rita Lamb: To Build Community!  1) enhance and expand community events 2) develop infrastructure, particularly bike/walking trails for residents and visitors. 3) Focus on civic pride and attract new residents and businesses.

UR: Are there any new programs or policies you would like to introduce?

Rita Lamb: Develop and implement program to enhance civic awareness beginning with elementary school.  [5th grade field trip to city hall!]

UR: What do you envision for the future of Cathedral City?

Rita Lamb: I envision a community in balance:  safe and attractive neighborhoods, recreational activities and events that build community, public safety as community partners, and enhancing civic awareness to ensure a new generation of city leaders.

UR: Anything you would like to add?

Rita Lamb: I am more than humbled to be of service to Cathedral City. My tenure as an elementary school principal was an unrepeatable opportunity and I consider this time on council yet another treasure.  It is a privilege to work with my colleagues on council.  They study the issues, ask the questions, provoke discussions and make decisions based on the best interests of residents.

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  • 20221213_164850: Ryan Hunt, Cathedral City