The Santa Monica City Council has returned Richard Bloom to the mayor’s seat, a position he has held twice before.

Bloom was appointed as mayor for a two-year term by a 4-3 vote Tuesday, Dec. 7, replacing former Mayor Bobby Shriver, who served for several months.

Councilman Kevin McKeown, who garnered support from Councilmembers Gleam Davis and Shriver, received the only other nomination. McKeown, who has not had an opportunity to serve as mayor, was re-elected with the most votes in the Nov. 2 election.

Bloom, who was first elected to the City Council in April 1999, has previously held the position of mayor for a total of three years. Following his re-appointment Dec. 7, Bloom paid tribute to the service of the late longtime Councilmembers Herb Katz and Ken Genser.

“In continuing on in this role as mayor the city, I want everyone to know that Herb and Ken were very much an inspiration for me and I think in many ways they express what is best about this city,” Bloom said. “It’s an honor for me to serve the community and to serve this council as mayor.”

In addition to his service on the council, Bloom is a member of the California Coastal Commission and is chair of the 30-member Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

Davis, who was elected to a two-year term Nov. 2, was appointed by the council as mayor pro-tem for two years.

The mayor and mayor pro-tem votes came after each of the incumbents was re-elected to the council Nov. 2.

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