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Pennino not first mayor to serve 3 terms in Lodi

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2002 10:00 pm

New Lodi Mayor Phil Pennino, now starting his third term as mayor, is among elite company.

In a story published Wednesday, the News-Sentinel named Pennino as the first mayor to serve three terms. Oops. After a bit of research, we found that Pennino - chosen mayor in 1992, 1996 and again in December - is one of several mayors to serve for more than one year.

In fact, one headed the City Council eight consecutive times while yet another was mayor four times.

Mayors in Lodi are chosen by fellow council members. When nominated for the title, a majority vote must be received.

The late Robert H. Rinn receives the award for being the Lodi's longest-serving mayor, according to city records. He actually held the title for eight years, from 1942 to 1950. It is not clear if he was re-elected each year.

Lodi historian Ralph Lea said, though unusual, the length of time Rinn served was probably based on disruptions relating to World War II.

Rinn, credited with being one of the founders of Lodi Memorial Hospital, was a private attorney whose practice concentrated on wills and estates. At one time, he was the attorney for the local Selective Service Board, according to the News-Sentinel's archives.

The late Jim Pinkerton is the runner-up for most-tenured mayor. He was mayor four times.

Pinkerton was mayor the first time in 1974. He went on to serve three other times as mayor from 1978-79, 1988-89 and 1991-92.

Other contenders include Bo Katzakian, one of three former mayors who served in the position three times. The first time Katzakian was mayor was in 1958, while the second time he was chosen mayor he served for two consecutive years, from 1962 to 1964.

Jerald Kirsten, who was elected the next mayor, also served three times: in 1965-66, 1967-68 and 1969-70.

Walter Katnich, another three-time mayor, picked up the next term in 1971-72. He was again chosen as mayor in 1977 and 1980, and served in the position for a year each time.

There have been several two-time mayors in the city's history including Fred Brown, Ben Schaffer, Fred Reid, Evelyn Olson, Randy Snider, David Hinchman, Jack Sieglock and Steve Mann.

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