Golonski Replaces Talamantes as Mayor of Burbank

Burbank's New Mayor Dae Golonski sits in the Mayors seat for his fouth time, as outgoing Mayor Jess Talamantes listens in. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Presenting outgoing Mayor Jess Talamantes with his City Council Badge & Plaque is Vice Dave Golonski. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dave Golonski was elected the new Mayor of Burbank by a 4 to 1 vote at the City Council’s annual reorganization meeting Tuesday. He takes over the helm from Jess Talamantes, who will continue his term as a Council Member.

“I am committed to working with citizens from every corner of our city to bring about economic growth while preserving the neighborhood character that makes us all proud to call Burbank home,” says Golonski.  “I believe meaningful community engagement and having a well-informed citizenry are important goals for this upcoming year.”

A veteran of municipal government, Mayor Golonski has served as Burbank’s Mayor three other times over his tenure, rotating the position with his fellow council members. Known for his passion and commitment to sustainability and protecting our most valued natural resources, he works tirelessly to ensure Burbank is fostering a healthy environment for current and future generations. Since joining the council in 1993, he has served on numerous critical committees tackling issues related to youth, homeless services, housing, and infrastructure. A resident of Burbank for more

New Mayor Dave Golonski listens to Councilman Gary Bric recommending the Vice Mayor. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

than 20 years, Golonski is married to his wife Barbara and they have three children – Randi, Russell, and John. They are also the proud grandparents of Grant and JoAnn.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Council Member Emily Gabel-Luddy was elected Vice Mayor by a 4 to 1 vote with Councilman David Gordon casting both no votes.

Vice Mayor Gabel-Luddy was elected to the Burbank City Council in 2011 but her service to Burbank began a decade ago when she was appointed to the Planning Board. During that time, she also served the community as a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Affordable Housing and the Sustainable Burbank Commission. She and her husband Bill have lived in Burbank for almost 20 years.

Each year, the Mayor and Vice-Mayor are chosen from among the five Burbank council members and alternate on an annual basis.

Burbank's new Mayor, David Golonski, sits in the Mayor's chair for his fourth time as his Vice Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy thanks her fellow council members. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
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