City Council recognizes outgoing member Mautz

It was a bittersweet night for Sheila Mautz.

On Tuesday night, after several years on the dais, she attended her last meeting as a member of the Ontario City Council. Mautz was ousted by longtime Ontario-Montclair School District board member Paul Vincent Avila.

Before swearing in Avila and Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada, who won her re-election bid, the council held a special recognition for Mautz.

Mautz was appointed to the council in 2005 and was later elected in 2008. Her service also includes 12 years on the Planning Commission as well as the Public Works Overview Committee.

“Your commitment to the city is legendary,” Mayor Paul Leon said.

Dorst-Porada said her journey with Mautz began years ago when the two were on the Planning Commission.

“I always appreciated her advice on the council and getting me acclimated to the Planning Commission. I have the utmost respect for her,” she said.

But Dorst-Porada said Mautz should also be acknowledged for her work in the community, which includes the Ontario Historical Society and the Ontario Noon Kiwanis Club.

“That what made her such a great council person. She was always involved in the community and will continue to be involved in the community,” she said.

Councilman Alan Wapner said he sees Mautz as a longtime friend and family member. He echoed Dorst-Porada’s comments and her commitment to the community.

“You have a huge heart for this city, and I never had any doubt that any action that you took was for the betterment for the community that you have raise your family in,” Wapner said.
On behalf of the community, Wapner thanked her for her service.

He said that, unlike other council members who are never heard from or seen again after losing, Mautz has already volunteered her services to the city in other capacities.

Mautz admitted that she has no idea exactly what she will be doing because the city has not informed her.

Leon handed her a plaque with a key to the city and told her, “We’re not going to miss you because we are not going to let you go.”

Fighting back tears, Mautz said it was an honor to serve on the council.

“When I took the oath of office, I promised to serve with honor and integrity, and I hope I’ve lived up to that promise. I’m not going anywhere, I’m still going to be around so get use to seeing this face in a different capacity,” she said.

Mautz said said those on the council long ago ceased to be colleagues. They are now friends and that is not going to change.She said she is proud of the vision and direction for Ontario, adding that there is more to be accomplished.Mautz said she was also thankful for all the friendships she has made during her tenure on the council.

Mautz reaffirmed her commitment to the city and said she is not going to go away, adding, “thank you for a heck of a ride.”

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