"Personally, I want to express my thanks and my appreciation to
McEachron was one of three incumbents seeking to return to another four-year term on the Council. Radio ads paid for by McEachron even promoted him, Mayor
McEachron finished fifth out of 10 candidates.
"Whether the citizens of this city know it or not, whether they understand it or not," Kennedy said, "they owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ryan for his service."
Garcia called it "a sad day" to lose McEachron, who she said had a good heart and had taught her about being a council member.
"He's such a great asset to the city, to the people and the entire High Desert -- the county for that matter," she said.
Cox pointed to McEachron's seven years on the
"Ryan was one of those who understood how it worked and the complications," Cox said.
"All of Ryan's contributions he's involved with are far reaching and I think we all know we can count on him as a community leader," Negrete said. "It's not as glamorous as it looks, but I really appreciate everything he's done and look forward to continuing to work with him."
McEachron appeared taken aback by the kind words. He'll return
"I've appreciated working with each and everyone of you, with former members of this Council, with staff, (Police Chief)
Cox led a round of applause inside council chambers, then McEachron vowed with a laugh: "But I'm not going anywhere."
It's an indication he plans to remain involved within the community albeit in an unofficial capacity, which he also told the
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