City Council Selects Lane as Mayor to Replace Ramos

City clerk Sarah Manwaring explains to Murrieta City Council members the process for selecting a new mayor at Tuesday's council meeting....

City clerk Sarah Manwaring explains to Murrieta City Council members the process for selecting a new mayor at Tuesday's council meeting.
Murrieta 24/7 photo: Kristen Spoon

The Murrieta City City Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to select council member Randon Lane as mayor through Dec. 1, fulfilling the remaining six weeks of the term vacated when the council voted on Oct. 8 to remove Harry Ramos from the position.

The lone dissenting vote was cast by Ramos, who remains on council but has been stripped of all authority on committees and and commissions in the city. Ramos maintains his innocence of allegations detailed in an 81-page report by an independent investigator into accusations of sexual misconduct and misuse of his authority as mayor.

Lane was approved as mayor and council member Rick Gibbs as mayor pro tem, following a process established by council that rotates council members to serve in the mayor's position. Present council policy dictates that a vote on continuing the rotation would take place Dec. 1.

Speaking before the vote was taken, Ramos said he is the victim of a "flawed investigatory and adjudicatory process in which I was denied any substantial due process." He said he plans to file a writ of mandate with Riverside Superior Court -- a court order intended to force the council to "restore all powers that were wrongfully taken from me."

Ramos continued: "This council has taken action which has defamed me further and harmed the residents of Murrieta. We are at the point now where the damage done by these nefarious acts cannot be undone with consequences. This is what truly contributes to the embarrassment of our city, and not my alleged actions."






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