Mesa City Council appoints replacement for ousted member

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Francisco Heredia was sworn into office Thursday morning following his appointment by the City Council during a special meeting. (Source: mesanow.org) Francisco Heredia was sworn into office Thursday morning following his appointment by the City Council during a special meeting. (Source: mesanow.org)
He replaces former Councilman Ryan Winkle. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) He replaces former Councilman Ryan Winkle. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
MESA, AZ (AP) -

A former Maricopa County official has been appointed to the Mesa City Council to replace a councilman removed from office after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.

Francisco Heredia was sworn into office Thursday morning following his appointment by the City Council during a special meeting.

[RELATED: Mesa City Council votes unanimously to remove Ryan Winkle from his seat]

Heredia was among five finalists previously selected by the council from a pool of 31 eligible applicants to replace Ryan Winkle. The council removed Winkle from office Aug. 31.

A city announcement of Heredia's appointment says he previously worked as community relations manager for the Maricopa County recorder and that also has worked for several advocacy groups and government agencies.

[RELATED: Mesa Republicans call for Councilman Winkle's resignation]

He will serve as the District council member until the Aug. 28, 2018 city election and, if necessary a Nov. 6, 2018 runoff.

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