City of Concord California

News Release

December 5, 2012

Helix is Concord's new mayor, Grayson is vice mayor

At the Dec. 4 Concord City Council meeting, Mayor Ron Leone passed the gavel to Dan Helix, who will serve as Concord's mayor for 2013. Councilmember Tim Grayson will be Concord's new vice mayor.

Helix was the top vote-getter in the November election after being appointed to the City Council in February 2011 to fill a vacant seat. He has a long history of service to the Concord community and previously was elected to the City Council in 1968 and served as Mayor from 1972-74. More recently, he was co-chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Project.

Edi Birsan was also elected to the City Council in November after being the runner-up in 2010. A small business owner, he is active in the Concord-Diablo Rotary, is president of the Friends of the Concord Library and volunteers for numerous non-profit organizations.

Helix and Birsan were sworn in by City Clerk Mary Rae Lehman for terms of office ending in 2016.

Fellow councilmembers and the community said farewell to 2012 Vice Mayor Bill Shinn. Shinn has served on the City Council since 2004, and was Concord's Mayor in 2008. He has served on the Countywide Committee on Ending Homelessness and chaired the East Bay Regional Communications System. He served as chair of the Concord Human Relations Commission from 1999 to 2003. In 2003 and 2004, he served as a member of the Concord Planning Commission. Shinn retired from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office after 29 years of public service.

To view a video of the meeting, visit the City's website,

For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at (925) 671-3495.

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