City Councilman Gary Adams will resign from the council effective
Sept. 1, he announced Thursday in a letter to city officials.
Adams, in his second term as councilman, said in July he planned
to resign to accept a job promotion and move to Washington, D.C.
The council will consider accepting Adams' resignation at its
meeting Tuesday, Mayor Tod Ridgeway said. If council members agree on
a replacement process that night, they likely will solicit
applications for Adams' replacement until Sept. 9. They would then
hold a public hearing at the Sept. 14 regular meeting to interview
candidates and appoint a new member either that night or at a Sept.
28 meeting, Ridgeway said.
"The more information people have at this point in time, the
better opportunity we have to have a diverse group of people to
interview," he said.
The city charter requires the council to appoint a replacement
within 30 days of a council member's resignation, or the seat would
go on the ballot at the next municipal election, Councilman Steve
Bromberg said. The deadline to get a seat on the November ballot has
passed, and the next municipal election is in 2006. If the council
doesn't appoint someone by the end of September, the seat would
remain open until then, Bromberg said.
Tuesday's City Council meeting will be Adams' last. He had planned
since last week to submit his resignation but was traveling and
didn't have time until Thursday, he said. He'll move his family to
Washington, D.C., on Sept. 2 or 3 and will get settled in his new
office there by mid-September, he said.
"It's been a real honor to have been able to [serve on the City
Council]," Adams said. "I'm really sad to be leaving."
To be eligible to replace him, candidates must be registered
voters in the city and live in the fourth district, which includes
the Upper Newport Bay and newly incorporated areas in Santa Ana
Heights and near the airport, Ridgeway said.
About half a dozen people have expressed interest in the position,
including Planning Commissioners Barry Eaton and Leslie Daigle,
The qualities council members will look for in applicants are
subjective, Bromberg said, but he'd prefer applicants aware of
important issues in the city, involved in their communities and who
"I am encouraging anybody that feels they're ready to make this
type of commitment of service to the city to file an application," he
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