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Rios is new Santa Fe Springs mayor

SANTA FE SPRINGS — Laurie Rios, who served as mayor pro tem during the past year, was installed Feb. 12 a mayor for the coming year. She replaces Juanita Trujillo, who remains on the council.

Councilman Richard Moore was installed as mayor pro tem.

Rios was appointed to the City Council on July 31, 2012, to serve out the remainder of former Councilman Joseph Serrano’s term, which began in December 2011 and ends this December.

A retired employee of the Little Lake City School District who later served on that school board, Rios moved to Santa Fe Springs in 1957 and has served on a variety of city committees and commissions over the last 43 years, including the Family and Human Services Advisory.

She also served on the Sister City Committee for 21 years, and on the Santa Fe Springs Planning Commission for 20 years.

Rios is a member of the Little Lake Educational Advancement Foundation.

During her tenure with the Little Lake City School District, Rios taught at Jersey Avenue School for 26 years.

She has been married to her husband Albert, for more than 60 years. The couple have three children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Moore was elected to serve his second term on the City Council in November 2013, after being appointed in 2010 to fill the City Council position vacated by the retirement of veteran Councilwoman Betty Putnam.

A longtime resident, Moore served on the Santa Fe Springs Planning Commission until his council appointment.

Moore is also a former elected member of the Little Lake City School District school board. He is a retired municipal employee, serving in management positions with the city of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the city of Carson.

In addition, he served for six years as a reserve officer for the Monterey Park Police Department.

Moore and his wife, Pauline, have two sons and two daughters.