Sonora City Council swearing in

New and returning members of the Sonora City Council (from left with arms raised) Ann Segerstrom, Matt Hawkins and Mark Plummer are sworn in during a public meeting Monday night via Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Sonora City Council named a new mayor and mayor pro-tem for the next two years at a public meeting Monday night, while also welcoming a newly elected member whose family has deep roots in the community.

Councilman Matt Hawkins was selected to become the city’s mayor after serving as mayor pro-tem for the past two years. Councilman Mark Plummer will succeed Hawkins as mayor pro-tem.

Council members traditionally take turns serving as mayor and mayor pro-tem every two years, both of which are largely honorary titles with little additional power or responsibilities. Councilman Jim Garaventa served as mayor for the past two years.

Hawkins said he was told by the late Ron Stearn, who served on the council for a record 52 consecutive years before retiring in 2016,  that the council had taken turns filling the positions since the early 1970s.

Donald Segerstrom, presiding judge of Tuolumne County Superior Court, administered the oath of office at the start of the meeting for Hawkins, Plummer, and new Councilwoman Ann Segerstrom.

Ann Segerstrom is Donald Segerstrom’s sister, which he noted before swearing her in via Zoom from an alternate location.

“It’s a great moment in our family,” he said. “Our family has a history of public service going back to our great grandfather, but I think this is the first time that a person with the name Segerstrom has served on the city council.”

It will be Hawkins’ second consecutive term and third overall after serving from 2010 to 2014. He lost reelection in 2014 and won back his seat in 2016.

Plummer will be serving his second consecutive term.

Ann Segerstrom got the most votes in the March 3 primary election with 1,006, followed by Hawkins with 845, and Plummer with 750. 

They edged out former Councilwoman Connie Williams, who got 698 votes.


Contact Alex MacLean at or (209) 768-5175.

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