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Jones selected as new mayor of Healdsburg

Susan Jones, Healdsburg's retired police chief, was selected mayor Monday night in a unanimous decision by fellow City Council members.

Jones, 56, was chosen as part of the annual rotation in which council members pick one of their colleagues for the position.

Having served as vice mayor for the past year, her selection as mayor was anticipated.

"I'm just looking forward to throwing myself into the mayor's job," Jones said in an interview,

She said her priorities include bolstering the police force and repairing city streets, which will be helped after voters last month approved Measure V.

The measure, which increased the sales tax in Healdsburg by half a percentage point, is projected to raise about $1 million annually for the city's general fund.

Jones said police response times have suffered in the past few years as the department went from 18 officers to 15.

Citizens sometimes have to wait 30 minutes or an hour to report a crime because an officer is busy, she said, even if a suspect is still in the area.

"I think that is unacceptable. I'd like to see that corrected," she said, adding it affects both citizen safety and that of officers.

Jones said even though Healdsburg's population is less than 12,000, that doesn't take into account tourism that can double or triple that population on a weekend.

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