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Stuart Bikson picks up Rochester mayor’s gavel

Dean Bevacqua to serve as mayor pro tem

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published December 4, 2019

 Stuart Bikson is the new mayor of Rochester.

Stuart Bikson is the new mayor of Rochester.

File photo provided by Stuart Bikson

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ROCHESTER — Stuart Bikson was recently appointed the new mayor of Rochester, a position he will hold for the next year.

Every year, the Rochester City Council elects members to one-year terms for the part-time mayor and mayor pro tem positions. The mayor is paid $65 per meeting, while the mayor pro tem and other council members are paid $55 per meeting.

Bikson, a teacher at Waterford Mott High School, was unanimously elected to the position by his peers. He was first elected to the council in 1999, and previously served as mayor from 2011 to 2012 and from 2006 to 2008. He has lived in the city for 28 years.

Bikson thanked his fellow council members, both old and new, as well as his family for their support.

“I promise to do my best,” Bikson said during the Nov. 26 council meeting. “I would also like to congratulate the four people who got elected … (for earning) the trust of the residents. I look forward to working with you.”

The council, also by majority vote, named Dean Bevacqua as mayor pro tem. Bevacqua, who owns the company American Newspaper Representatives, has lived in the city for nine years and has served on the council since 2017.

He welcomed the new council members and thanked the entire council for its support.

“I’m excited for the breadth of experience that you all bring. There are going to be new faces, new challenges and new opportunities,” Bevacqua said during the meeting. “Also, thank you for your support for making me mayor pro tem. I’ll try to make you proud.”

Rochester City Council incumbent Ann Peterson, who has served on the council since 2015, as well as newly elected council members Mark Albrecht, Amanda Harrison Keighley and Steve Sage were sworn in during the meeting.

Rochester City Council meetings are held inside Rochester City Hall, 400 Sixth St., at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. For more information, visit www.ci.rochester.mi.us.

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