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City council will seek to fill seat of resigning Dr. Robert Richardson during April 10 meeting

April 7, 2018 GMT

NEEDLES — Needles City Councilor Robert Richardson M.D. has submitted his resignation, effective April 24.

“The reason for my resignation is simple,” said Richardson addressing the council and the community. “We have a 12-year-old grandchild, 4-year-old, 4-month-old and our last grandchild was born not too long ago. So we’ve decided that we should spend more time with our grandchildren.”

The seat that Councilor Richardson leaves behind, according to background information provided by city staff, expires on Dec. 11, 2018, and is to be on the next general municipal election scheduled for November 2018.

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The city council had to take action as to how they would like to proceed in filing the seat that is going to be left open.

“The city council must either appoint someone to fill the seat until November or call for a special election,” said Rick Daniels, city manager. “It’s too late to get on the special election for June therefore the next special election will be in November. This seat is going to be on the ballot in November anyway so it doesn’t make sense to call for a special election and the special election would cost the city $20,000.

“So then if you’re going to appoint, you can either appoint someone right now or what we recommend is to publish a notice in the newspaper, ask the people who have an interest to apply and at your next meeting you would interview and make a selection,” Daniels continued.

The city offices are located at 817 Third Street and can be reached at 760-326-2113 or by fax at 760-326-6765.

The city council unanimously approved, during their meeting on March 27, to accept Councilor Richardson’s resignation and to publish a notice in the newspaper for those interested to apply; hold interviews and make a selection during the city council meeting of April 10.