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Former Pleasanton Mayor Ken Mercer Dies

Flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of the 71-year-old who died this morning.

Left to right: Mayor  Jerry Thorne, former City Councilmember Matt Sullivan, former Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, former Mayor Ken Mercer, City Councilmember Cheryl Cook-Kallio and former City Councilmember Cindy McGovern.
Left to right: Mayor Jerry Thorne, former City Councilmember Matt Sullivan, former Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, former Mayor Ken Mercer, City Councilmember Cheryl Cook-Kallio and former City Councilmember Cindy McGovern.
Information provided by the City of Pleasanton—

Elected officials and staff were saddened to learn of the passing of former Pleasanton Mayor Ken Mercer, who passed away this morning and is best remembered for his dedicated service to the people of Pleasanton during more than two decades of political involvement.

Flags at municipal buildings in Pleasanton will be lowered to half-staff in honor of the Mayor’s passing. 

“I cannot understate the many contributions made by Ken Mercer during his tenure on the Pleasanton City Council and as a two-term mayor.  He was one of the primary forces behind the Pleasanton that we have today and he created much of the positive synergy between the business community and the residents. His passing is a tremendous loss for the people of Pleasanton,” observed Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho.

Mercer was elected to three terms on the Pleasanton City Council between 1976-1986 and was elected as Mayor in 1986 and re-elected for a second term in 1988.*   

Prior to 1986, the term of mayor in Pleasanton was assigned on a rotational basis by the City Council and Mercer served in that capacity a number of times before becoming the city’s first directly elected mayor. He will be remembered for his business savvy during the development of Pleasanton’s Hacienda business park and Stoneridge Mall, among other large-scale projects. 


*Ken Mercer City Council Terms

1st term 1976-1980 (4 years)
2nd term 1980-1984 (4 years)
3rd term 1984-1986 (2 years)

Ken Mercer Mayoral Terms

1st term 1986 – 1988
2nd term 1988 – 1990
3rd term 1990 – 1992

Ken Anthony Pinto January 16, 2014 at 05:03 PM
I will miss MR Mercer, he was a great person, I enjoyed working with him at the 100 club BBQ. He was always nice to me. He will be in my Prayers tonight RIP my Friend.

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