AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“I’m not as funny as Greg, so you’ll all have to bear with me for this next year,” Warner told the laughing crowd, as she thanked the council for the leadership opportunity. Warner – who has seven children – said being a female mayor was not unique. “I’m really excited to be of service to the community,” she said. “It’s not so important from the perspective of being a woman – I just want to do my best to serve the community.” Warner joins Janet Henke, Delta Murphy and Marilyn Hofstetter to make up Whittier’s four female mayors. Vinatieri gushed at his first opportunity to speak from the dais. WHITTIER – Whittier Mayor Pro Tem Cathy Warner took over the gavel from Mayor Greg Nordbak at Tuesday’s reorganization ceremony – becoming one of only four female mayors in the city’s 108-year history. After only two years on the council, Warner was sworn in as mayor while Nordbak began his fourth consecutive council term following the April 11 elections. Councilman Bob Henderson was also sworn in, beginning his seventh term while Joe Vinatieri stepped in to fill the seat vacated by Councilman Douglas Lopez. Lopez had decided to step down with two years left in his term, citing business pressures. His seat was not due to open up until April 2008. After Nordbak gave Lopez a phony $100 parking ticket for taking his parking spot Tuesday night, Warner cautioned those present that she lacked Nordbak’s ability to entertain the audience. “Wow, am I really here? The last 100 days were a gigantic blur,” Vinatieri said. “What a treasure we possess. We’re on the verge of a renaissance here in Whittier. I want this to be a self-contained city where we can live in Whittier, work in Whittier and shop in Whittier. “At the same time, I’m humbled by the weight of responsibility.” Not everybody was pleased with the swearing-in ceremony. Resident Amelia Vogel said elections in Whittier rarely present surprises. “We don’t need installations in Whittier, we need coronations because we’re going to get kings and emperors,” Vogel told the audience. “The election process here is sloppy, I have no faith in it.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!