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Battle Ground has new mayor; Camas swears in new council members

By , Columbian staff writer

In a rare in-person meeting Monday, the Battle Ground City Council elected its new mayor and deputy mayor at its first meeting of the year.

Mayor Adrian Cortes nominated Councilor Philip Johnson, who served as deputy mayor for the past year, to succeed him. Johnson was elected unanimously.

After taking his seat as mayor, Johnson nominated Councilor Cherish DesRochers as deputy mayor. She was also unanimously elected. There were no other nominations for either position.

In other business, Battle Ground Police Chief Mike Fort gave a presentation on his department’s efforts and programs.

The council’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. on Jan. 18. For details on all upcoming council meetings, go to

Camas council

Although its first meeting of the year was Monday, the Camas City Council held a swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 22 for its newest members, Marilyn Boerke and Tim Hein, and Mayor Steve Hogan.

The next Camas City Council meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 18. For information and agendas, go to

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