Lindsey Horvath Will Become WeHo’s New Mayor; John Heilman Its Mayor Pro Tem

Lindsey Horvath and John Heilman

The West Hollywood rotating title of Mayor has moved on to Councilmember Lindsey Horvath, who was chosen in a unanimous vote of the City Council on Monday night.

Horvath will be officially sworn in as mayor next month, a role in which she will serve for a year. In a city like West Hollywood, which operates under the council/city manager form of government, the role of mayor is largely symbolic. The mayor manages the twice-monthly City Council meetings and signs official documents .

However, the person who holds that position is the face of the city. He or she is quoted in city press releases and often is the person interviewed about city issues by television broadcasters.

Horvaath is replacing John D’Amico. D’Amico was named mayor in March 2019 when Councilmember John Duran gave up the title in the middle of a controversy about his alleged sexually inappropriate interactions with young members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the non-profit group whose board he then chaired.

As the person next in line for the role of mayor, Horvath had been designated as “mayor pro tem” or “pro tempore.” The person in that position fills in for the mayor if he or she is absent.

Horvath was elected to the City Council in March 2015 and was re-elected in 2019. She previously had served as a council member for two years from 2009-2011.

The next person in line for the position of mayor pro tem was Councilmember Lauren Meister, who was officially nominated by Duran and seconded by D’Amico. However, Meister asked that Heilman be handed that title. She noted that as a small business owner she was extremely busy dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and wouldn’t have the time necessary to carry out ceremonial duties associated with the position. Heilman was elected unanimously to the position.

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Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
7 months ago

These are lovely ceremonial platforms from which zealous student council members can burnish their images for higher office and garner PR points for developer overlords. The level of pomp and circumstance dusted on what should be called “council chair” is beyond embarrassing. The bloated officiousness with which the incoming council chair conducts meetings speaks volumes of political ambition.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
7 months ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

LOL. Truth.

Rob Bergstein
Rob Bergstein
7 months ago

I know it’s “ceremonial” and rotates, but every mayor has their own style and has their own legacy projects they want to complete during their term & I’m excited to see what Lindsey has planned.
I continue to pray for and be grateful for the full council, our city manager and staff for the extraordinary work the are doing for our city during this crisis. These are difficult times and they have all risen to…and far above, the challenge. I’m grateful for all them.

Eric Jon Schmidt
Eric Jon Schmidt
7 months ago

It’s equivalent to being appointed the Wizard of Oz. Lots of promises, but no substance or power. Poor Dorthory, if she only knew about the looming disappointments. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy year!

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
7 months ago

Lets hope there’s a change in direction……..but not holding my breath.

Larry Block
Larry Block
7 months ago

Congrats Lindsey! Congrats John Heilman on a 36 year run on the council. With term limits about to kick in this will be Heilman’s last turn as Mayor ProTem, and should be hold his seat in November his last turn as Mayor around the corner.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
7 months ago
Reply to  Larry Block

Sounds like an endorsement!

Larry Block
Larry Block
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Nope just the reality of the situation.