El Centro City Councilman David Dhillon was taken to task for continuing to use the term mayor for himself during certain visits to Sacramento and in dealing with state government.
The issue came to light at Wednesday's City Council meeting, when Mayor Cheryl Walker said she was questioned by a state employee when Walker visited the governor's deputy legislative secretary's office. She said she was asked several times if she was the mayor of El Centro and was told someone else had represented himself as mayor.
Walker, who was with the city manager and the city's lobbyist at the time, said the experience was uncomfortable and embarrassing.
"Needless to say we felt that our credibility had been damaged," Walker said during open session. "I was embarrassed on behalf of the city of El Centro. I felt that the meeting with the deputy legislative secretary had been compromised and I felt that we were made to look foolish."