Kevin McKeown Installed as Santa Monica’s Next Mayor

December 10, 2019 8:04 PM

Kevin McKeown Installed as Santa Monica’s Next Mayor

SANTA MONICA, Calif. At its meeting last night, December 10, 2019, the Santa Monica City Council and City Clerk Denise Anderson-Warren swore in new Mayor Kevin McKeown, replacing Gleam Davis who served in the role for the last year. Mayor McKeown will serve a one-year term. This is his second stint as mayor, first serving a one-year term in 2015. 

“We already know 2020 will be a particularly challenging year, but I embrace the challenges, because we have such a capable Council and an engaged community,” said Mayor McKeown. “From housing to the economy to public safety to quality of life, my twin watchwords as mayor will be cooperation and commitment.” 

Terry O’Day will serve a second year as Mayor Pro Tempore. 

Mayor Davis focused her term on initiatives that promote lifelong learning and community wellbeing. In collaboration with the Santa Monica Public Library, she started “Let’s Read With Gleam,” a reading event with young children to teens. She helped kick off the first Santa Monice PRIDE celebration, broke ground on the Civic Center Multipurpose Sports Field, welcomed Santa Monica’s first all-electric Big Blue Bus, and championed Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Summit last month, to name only a few highlights.   

“Being Mayor of Santa Monica has been a great privilege and a tremendous honor. But it’s also been incredibly fun,” said outgoing Mayor Gleam Davis. “I want to thank everyone who came to wonderful community events such as the 10 year anniversary of the Annenberg Beach House, Read with Gleam at our amazing libraries, and our very successful Wellbeing Summit. I also want to thank our great residents, our hardworking staff, and everyone else who offered support and encouragement throughout the year. We had many successes this year and I know we still have many challenges. I look forward to doing the hard but satisfying work of continuing to address these issues head on. Working together we truly can be a sustainable city of wellbeing. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve Santa Monica, the best city in the world.” 

About Mayor McKeown  

Kevin McKeown has been a Santa Monica renter for almost 44 years and for 25 years, McKeown served local children and teachers as Macintosh computer consultant for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. On the Council, where he is in his sixth term, McKeown focuses especially on renter issues, affordable housing, and environmental sustainability. He is Santa Monica’s Director on the Board of the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California, bringing Santa Monica 100 percent renewably sourced electricity.  McKeown also serves on the State of California’s Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, and on the regional Westside Cities Council of Governments. For more details about Mayor Kevin McKeown, visit    

COUNCIL PHOTO CAPTION (L-R): Councilmember Sue Himmelrich, Councilmember Gleam Davis, Councilmember Greg Morena, Mayor Kevin McKeown, Councilmember Ted Winterer, Mayor Pro Tempore Terry O’Day, and Councilmember Ana Jara.


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