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Replacements named for two councilmen who died within hours of each other

Albert Fox (left) has been named to the Citrus Heights City Council, while Garrett Gatewood (right) has been named to the Rancho Cordova City Council. They fill vacancies of councilmen who died within hours of each other in April.
Albert Fox (left) has been named to the Citrus Heights City Council, while Garrett Gatewood (right) has been named to the Rancho Cordova City Council. They fill vacancies of councilmen who died within hours of each other in April.

Rancho Cordova and Citrus Heights have appointed replacements for two sitting councilmen who died within hours of each other in April.

Both cities chose to appoint new members rather than hold special elections. The Citrus Heights City Council chose retired law enforcement officer Albert Fox to replace Mel Turner, who died April 20 at age 67 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Fox, 71, is chair of the Citrus Heights Planning Commission and previously served on school boards in Fresno and El Dorado County, according to his application. He wants to expand the city’s retail offerings at Sunrise Mall and Antelope Crossing and develop housing for young families and seniors, he said in his application.

The Rancho Cordova City Council chose local business owner Garrett Gatewood to fill Dan Skoglund’s seat. Skoglund died unexpectedly at age 66 due to complications from surgery.

Gatewood, 39, is a five-year member of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board of directors for three years, according to a city press release.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve my city in this manner, and I know I have big shoes to fill,” Gatewood said in the release. “Rancho Cordova is the greatest city in which to live and work, and I only see great things in its future. I look forward to being a part of that future.”

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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