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Fullerton City Council chooses new mayor

December 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The city of Fullerton is getting a new mayor. Councilwoman Sharon Quirk-Silva was chosen unanimously on Tuesday night.

Fullerton has been widely criticized in recent months over the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man who died following a confrontation with Fullerton police last July.

Two policemen charged in the death, Officer Manuel Ramos and Corporal Jay Cicinelli, were placed on unpaid administrative leave.

Richard Jones is stepping down as mayor, but will remain on the city council's panel.

Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers has been on medical leave since August.