Almanac

News - June 19, 2013

Jerry Carlson resigns from Atherton council

by Renee Batti

Jerry Carlson has made it official: He will step down from the Atherton City Council on July 1 after serving for seven and a half years. The council on June 19 will discuss whether to appoint his successor or call for a special election.

Mr. Carlson, whose term expires in December 2014, announced in April he plans to move out of town and resign from the council. He now serves as vice mayor, and at the Wednesday meeting, the council will appoint another council member to fill that post.

The council must decide by July 12 whether voters should choose Mr. Carlson's replacement if the election is to be consolidated with the Nov. 5 election, according to a report by City Manager George Rodericks.

If the council decides to appoint a council member instead, Mr. Rodericks said, there are two options: Independently agree on a candidate, and appoint that person; or, host an open house, inviting candidates to participate, then conduct interviews before making an appointment. Under both options, the council must make the appointment within 60 days of Mr. Carlson's effective date of resignation.

No appointment can be made before July 1, Mr. Rodericks said, but an open house may take place before that date.

Mr. Carlson was appointed to the council in January 2006 to replace Bill Conwell, who died in office the month before. He successfully stood for election in November 2006, and was re-elected in 2010.

In April, he said that he and his wife, Shirley, were putting their house on the market. Although they plan to move from town, family-care matters make it likely that they will continue to live on the Peninsula, Mr. Carlson told the Almanac.

Also on the June 19 agenda, the council will review and vote on the 2013-14 fiscal year budget. The proposed general fund budget reflects revenues totaling $10.8 million, with $10.4 million in operational spending.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 94 Ashfield Road, in the Town Center.

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