For thirty-five of its first forty two years the City of Lemon Grove has been guided by two mayors – James Dorman and Mary Sessom. The growth and stability of the City are largely attributable to their leadership and vision.
Here are the Mayors of Lemon Grove
James V. Dorman 1977-1992 Attorney
Lemon Grove’s first mayor. Dorman was noted for his service to the Lemon Grove School Board, the Lemon Grove Fire Protection District and advocacy for the incorporation of Lemon Grove prior to his election to the city council. Selected unanimously to lead the City by fellow council members he became known for leading the formation of the City, maintaining a unified city council and bringing about successful redevelopment projects within the City.
Brian Cochran 1992-1994 Attorney
Brian Cochran was in the middle of a four year term as city councilman when he was elevated to the office of mayor by vote of the city council after Mayor James Dorman chose not to seek reelection to the council. Cochran gave up his seat in a bid for the California State Assembly in 1994.
Robert F. Burns 1994- 1996 Veterinarian
Robert “Bob” Burns was one of the five original members of the Lemon Grove City Council. He served continuously from the City’s incorporated in 1977. Like Dorman, he was a Lemon Grove Fire Protection District director and an advocate for the incorporation of Lemon Grove. He became the last Lemon Grove mayor selected by a vote of the city council.
Mary Teresa Sessom 1996-2016 Attorney
When Mary Sessom stepped down as mayor in 2016 she became the longest serving mayor in City history. She was the first woman to become Lemon Grove’s mayor. She was also the first directly elected mayor as the City voted for a direct election system two years earlier. She served on the City Council for two years prior to her election as mayor.
Racquel Vasquez 2017-today Public Information Officer
Narrowly elected to the office of mayor over a fellow council member, Raquel Vasquez became the first African American mayor of a City within the County of San Diego.