Perea takes leadership of Fresno City Council

She takes over leadership of the council in just her second year on the dais.

Fresno City Councilmember Annalisa Perea will take over as the new Council President, leading the council this year. 

Along with Perea being voted in, Councilmember Mike Karbassi was selected as the Council Vice President. 


The big picture: Perea, who served as the Council Vice President in 2023, will be responsible for leading the council meetings and helping to set the agenda. 

  • Perea will also be in line to serve as interim mayor if Mayor Jerry Dyer is ever in a position where he cannot serve. 
  • Outgoing Council President Tyler Maxwell handed over the gavel to Perea during Thursday’s meeting. 

What they’re saying: During the ceremony, Maxwell called Perea one of the most competent persons to ever set foot inside City Hall. 

  • “She’s going to be a fierce leader,” Maxwell said. “She’s going to be a fair leader. I’ve seen her judgment in play time after time and she’s never let me down and she’s never let this city down. I think our city is going to be in better hands, and I’m excited to serve under her leadership over this next year.” 
  • Perea thanked the other councilmembers and their staff for their work and support. 
  • “You left big shoes to fill, Tyler, but I’m looking forward to carrying on the legacy you started of being a great council president,” Perea said. “So thank you to my colleagues for your confidence in me.” 
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