The Rolling Hills City Council honored its outgoing city councilmen during its regular Monday meeting, the Palos Verdes Peninsula News reported.
Councilman Thomas Heinsheimer, who first served on the council in 1972, was not re-elected to his post in the city's municipal elections earlier this month. Godfrey Pernell, who was first elected in 1975, retired and did not run for re-election.
"I find it hard to comprehend that, collectively, they have served this city for 90 years," Mayor Frank Hill said. "This city owes them a debt that we can’t repay. So I just want to say that you’ll be missed."
According to the PV News, Heinsheimer and Pernell have served a combined 79 years on the city council. Previously, Pernell spent 10 years on the Rolling Hills Planning Commission.
Replacing them are deputy district attorney Bea Dieringer and businessman Jeff Pieper, who were the No. 1 and No. 2 vote-getters in the municipal elections, respectively. The two were sworn in during Monday's council meeting.
"We have two new people in who I am sure are going to be there a long time," Heinsheimer told Patch on Election Night. "It is going to be a terrific city council."
At the time, Heinsheimer indicated that he will probably stay active in the community.
- Full story: Outgoing Rolling Hills Councilmen Honored [Palos Verdes Peninsula News]