Outgoing Citrus Heights Councilwoman Sue Frost and retiring Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan were officially recognized for their service to the City of Citrus Heights last week, with council proclamations delivered by the mayor and a public reception at city hall.
Frost was elected to replace MacGlashan on the five-member board of supervisors in the Nov. 8 election, winning 55 percent of the vote — including every precinct in Citrus Heights. MacGlashan, 64, had announced her intention to retire last year, after serving eight years on the Citrus Heights city council followed by 12 years as supervisor.
“I wish there was more of ’em,” said resident Arthur Ketterling during the Dec. 8 council meeting, referring to the pair of leaders being recognized that night. His comments were also reflected by council members and a handful of other audience comments, many of whom described Frost as “hard working” and praised MacGlashan for helping Citrus Heights fight for incorporation and get off to a good start as a newly formed city.
Frost, 60, was first elected to the city council in 2012 and served a four-year term before being replaced by Councilman Bret Daniels, who surprised many with his election-night victory last month. A proclamation read by newly appointed Mayor Jeff Slowey praised Frost for “work[ing] assiduously to promote fiscally responsible leadership, safe and secure neighborhoods, and economic growth to benefit Citrus Heights and the surrounding regions.”
The proclamation also recognized her for serving a one-year term as mayor in 2015 and working to approve major projects, including “the revitalization of Auburn and Sunrise Boulevards, development of the Old Auburn Multi-Use Trail, and construction of a new state-of-the-art city hall.” Frost has also been praised for her work supporting local nonprofits, including helping organize the first “We Support Vets” event at the Rusch Home in 2015 and a nonprofit leadership summit the same year.
Over a decade before Frost’s arrival to the council, MacGlashan became a member of the first Citrus Heights city council on Jan. 1, 1997, having served previously in a position with the Citrus Heights Incorporation Project (CHIP). She was subsequently elected as the city’s first vice mayor by her colleagues on the council and later served as mayor in both 1999 and 2002.
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The proclamation in MacGlashan’s honor called her a “devoted and highly-productive member of the Citrus Heights community and an outstanding government leader.” The proclamation also recognized her for a “keen vision, sense of duty, and strong leadership” and said “her legacy will continue to positively influence the region for years to come.”
During a comment portion of the meeting, Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins called MacGlashan a personal mentor and said the two served together in the 80’s on the CHIP board. “I just hate to see you get out of public office,” Bruins said.
MacGlashan told The Sentinel when she began serving on the council 20 years ago, the city had no building and no money.
“Now look at it,” she said, pointing positively at the new city hall. The former mayor said she also feels the city has a much stronger sense of community 20 years later, crediting the neighborhood associations as a key contributing factor.
Although she had endorsed Frost’s opponent to replace her as supervisor, MacGlashan spoke positively of Frost’s election as “a new tradition” of having Citrus Heights council members move up to serve as county supervisors.
Frost will take her seat as county supervisor following MacGlashan’s official retirement date of Jan. 2, 2017.