WEST HOLLYWOOD — Lauren Meister, who is nearing the completion of her first year on the City Council, has been chosen by her council colleagues to serve as mayor for the next year.
Meister will succeed Mayor Lindsay Horvath when she is installed as mayor at the April 18 City Council meeting.
John Heilman will replace Meister as mayor pro tem.
Meister and Horvath were both elected to the City Council in March 2015, unseating Heilman at the time. Heilman was returned to the council by voters three months later when he won a special election to fill a council seat vacated when former Councilman Jeff Prang was elected county assessor.
Meister has lived in the city for more than 25 years.
Prior to being elected to the council, she served on numerous commissions and committees for the city including the Planning Commission, the Public Safety Commission, the Campaign Finance Reform Committee, the Permit Parking Advisory Group and the District 1 Parking Committee.
She has worked to mitigate traffic and parking impacts of new and proposed projects in the city, supported creative parking solutions to help neighborhood businesses, initiated the city’s “Live, Work, Play, Be Safe” educational campaign and supported new ideas to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety.
She also worked on campaign finance reform and has been a strong advocate for a stricter code of ethics.
In addition to her council duties, Meister owns her own marketing research firm in the city.
Heilman was elected to the original West Hollywood City Council when the city incorporated in 1984 and has served on the council for all but three months since then.
He also teaches law at USC and Southwestern Law School.
Outgoing Mayor Horvath served two years on the City Council from 2009-11 after being appointed to fill a council vacancy. She was elected for the first time with Meister in March 2015.
She works as an entertainment advertising executive and has created award-winning campaigns for movies and television.
Like most cities in California with a city manager and council form of government, the mayor of West Hollywood is largely ceremonial. The mayor conducts City Council meetings, signs official documents and represents the city at certain events.