Puyallup has a new mayor and, after two nominations and a split vote, a new deputy mayor.
The City Council unanimously voted to appoint John Knutsen as mayor Tuesday night. He is a successor to Rick Hansen, who was term-limited out of his council seat last year.
Puyallup has a council-manager form of government, and mayor is an appointed position.
Councilman John Hopkins, an incumbent who was sworn in for his first full term at the beginning of the regular meeting Tuesday, was appointed deputy mayor in a 5-2 vote. Tom Swanson, who was also nominated for the post, received the two other votes.
Knutsen, a lifelong Puyallup resident and retired Tacoma police officer, formerly served as deputy mayor. He has served on the council since 2008, and is the only sitting council member who has served a full term.
Hopkins was first elected in 2011. The retired teacher and small-business owner was re-elected in November.
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