ST. GEORGE, Utah — For the first time in its 159-year history, the City of St. George now has a woman as its mayor.
City Councilwoman Michele Randall was appointed to the position Tuesday in a special city council meeting.
Randall will replace Mayor Jon Pike, who resigned earlier this month as he began his appointment in Gov. Spencer Cox's cabinet as commissioner of the Utah Insurance Department.
“St. George is an amazing place to live and we want to keep it that way,” Randall said in the city's announcement released Tuesday evening. “I’m ready to hit the ground running. I don’t think we will miss a beat.”
Randall won by a vote of 4-1. City Councilman Jimmie Hughes received one vote.
She will be sworn in Thursday and will serve as mayor until the next mayoral election, which will take place in November.
Randall has been on the city council since 2014, according to the press release, and has served on the board of directors of several civic and non-profit organizations. She has also served as the council liaison to the city's police and fire departments.
She is married to Tony Randall, and they have four children and nine grandchildren. She has been a St. George resident for 42 years.