Annalisa Perea has officially been appointed to the Fresno City Council, joining the city’s top governing body a few weeks earlier than initially anticipated.
The Fresno City Council held a special meeting Friday morning to appoint her to the seat, replacing Esmeralda Soria, who resigned to head to Sacramento to join the State Assembly after being elected to District 27.
Perea won her election to represent District 1 on the council during the June primary and was slated to take over at the beginning of next year.
She was unanimously appointed a few weeks early by a 6-0 vote.
“This is a pretty simple one,” Council President Nelson Esparza said. “The voters in District 1 have already decided, so we need to fill the vacancy for this last meeting of the year.”
Perea will serve her first meeting on the council on Dec. 15, the city’s last of the year.
The first city council meeting next year is slated for Jan. 5.