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Frank Wilson has been passed the gavel and is the new Mayor of Rio Dell

Rio dell is kicking off the year with a new mayor.

Frank Wilson was handed the gavel by the city council to serve a two-year term as the city’s mayor. Wilson was elected in an open-ballot process in the first round of voting last night. According to the city, Wilson is familiar with the timber industry, having worked for the Humboldt Redwood Company. They say his knowledge in that area is highly valued and is something he can bring to the table. Wilson replaces Jack Thompson, who served as mayor since 2013.