Robert Joe, acknowledging it was an honor to be sworn in by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Kathryn Barger, was administered the oath of office Wednesday night to become South Pasadena’s new mayor.
Joe highly respects Barger, who was recently honored as the chair of the LA County Board of Supervisors. She oversees the 5th Supervisorial District – the county’s largest – spanning 2,800 square miles, 22 cities, including South Pasadena, and 70 unincorporated communities in the Antelope, San Gabriel, San Fernando, Crescenta, and Santa Clarita Valleys.
“But more than that, I’m very appreciative that we are friends and have a lot of respect for each other,” Joe told Barger as both stood next to the podium inside the South Pasadena City Council Chambers where the brief ceremony took place. “You bring to this county a caring attitude for its people.”
The city’s chaplain, Sam Park, gave the invocation before the swearing in took place.
Along with the remainder of the South Pasadena City Council, other public officials were recognized, including: Becky Cheng, chief of staff from U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu’s Office (27th District); David Kim, representative for Senator Portantino’s Office (25th District); Catherin Del Rosario, district director for Assemblymember Chris Holden (District 41) and Sussy Nemer, field deputy for Supervisor Barger.
Joe, who also served as may from 2014-15, has a long history of community involvement, serving in the past on the city’s Transportation Commission, Design Advisory Group, Parks and Recreation Commission, and Freeway and Transportation Commission.
In addition, he also served on the Friends of Chinatown Library Advisory Board and Chinatown Library Board of Directors. Outside the city, Joe sits on the Door of Hope board of directors and the Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board.
Outgoing mayor, Dr. Marina Khubesrian, was honored with a commendation by Barger.
To review Joe’s vision for the coming year, please read the story with the headline: Meet the Mayor | Bob Joe Discusses Future of South Pasadena at City Hall.