Keith Haydon Appointed Mayor of Clayton, David Shuey Named Vice-Mayor

December 6, 2017 16:05 pm · 8 comments

Like many other cities around Contra Costa County, the City of Clayton reorganized their council on Tuesday night.

The new Mayor of Clayton is Keith Haydon. This is Haydon’s first time as Mayor.

The new Vice-Mayor is long-time councilman and former Mayor David Shuey.

They will serve in office for one-year until reorganization occurs again in December 2018.

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Cleveland December 6, 2017 at 5:02 PM

Small town. Big ass heart.

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Elvis December 6, 2017 at 7:36 PM

I disagree. The City of Clayton employees and City Council are living off of an exorbitant Special Assessment to Property Taxes which gut Prop 13 protections paid by older widows and single women in the community struggling alongside wealthy families who suck up more than their share of resources. When he was Mayor, Vice Mayor Shuey, wanted to use the excess taxes collected with this Special Assessment to fund legal work for CVCHS. Yes, they collect more than they need, and apparently it’s their own private slush fun. Unbelievable arrogance and self-serving behavior from people who are supposed to represent all members of the community, and as far as we know, he got his way.

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Amazing December 7, 2017 at 6:33 AM

I know Clayton is a small city compared to Concord however I find it amazing the amount of comments (Concord 51 / Clayton 2) at this posting.

Edi Birsan Appointed Mayor of Concord, Carlyn Obringer Named Vice-Mayor
DECEMBER 5, 2017 19:04 PM · 51 COMMENTS

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WC resident December 7, 2017 at 9:19 AM

Walnut Creek city council also met on December 5th.

Per the minutes:
• Rich Carlston is the outgoing mayor.
• Justin Wedel is the incoming Mayor for 2018. Curiously, Wedel was among those that voted “yes” for this.
• Cindy Silva is Mayor Pro Tem for 2018. (Silva also voted for herself)

Like the other cities, Walnut Creek rotates the Mayor’s hat among city council members.

I met Justin Wedel once before he was elected to the council. He’s from the area around the intersection of Treat and Ygnacio was animated about the developments there. I can’t remember if he was for or against them.

Bwah ha December 7, 2017 at 12:10 PM

That’s likely because Clayton has the same people acting as Mayor over and over and over. Not much to say.

Ward December 7, 2017 at 11:04 AM

Goodbye Howard.

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Elvis December 7, 2017 at 12:57 PM

I’d like to know how and when they instituted this form of government. I must have been looking the orher way because Clayton didn’t start out like this and neither did Concord. There was an elected Mayor in the beginning when Clayton incorporated. Concord had an elected Mayor in its better days … better than now. I don’t believe this form of government is fair, honest, or represents each member of the community equally. People seem to get on the council to further their own pet projects and … stay … forever. I can’t see that it is doing the city any good.

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WC resident December 7, 2017 at 5:12 PM

Look at the following: Mayor–council government and Council–manager government.

Small towns have the Weak-mayor form of the Mayor–council government. When it grows to a certain size they tend to switch to the Council–manager form of government. If the city grows even more then it tends to switch to the Strong-mayor form of the Mayor–council government.

Basically you are going from a very lightweight system with no to a small handful of city employees to a town with full time city staff on to a city with fully staffed departments on to a city where the mayor’s office ends up being a department in itself.

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