Supervisor Church to step down in January


By Bay City News Service

San Mateo County District 1 Supervisor Mark Church announced Tuesday (July 6) he will step down from the Board of Supervisors in January.

Mr. Church, who was elected as the San Mateo County assessor-clerk-recorder last month, said he will continue his service on the board until he assumes his new office in January.

His third and final term would have ended in December 2012 had he not been elected to the new post and decided to step down early, Mr. Church's spokesman Edwin Chan said.

San Mateo County supervisors are elected to four-year terms and may serve up to three terms.

Mr. Church's replacement cannot be chosen until after his seat is vacant, per the county's charter. Then, his replacement will either be appointed or there will be an election to fill the seat, Mr. Chan said.

On Tuesday, the board will consider a proposed charter amendment, recommended by the Charter Review Committee, that would allow the process of selecting a replacement to begin before a departing supervisor vacates the seat.

If the board approves the proposed charter amendment, it will be put to voters in November, Mr. Chan said.

Mr. Church acknowledged there was some pressure for him to step down earlier than January to let the process of selecting his replacement begin, but he said he wants to see out the completion of several projects and initiatives before stepping down, including determining the location and size of the new San Mateo County jail.

"I have an obligation and public duty as an elected official to serve the people of this county in my current capacity as long as possible," Mr. Church said in a statement.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2010 at 6:50 am

"I have an obligation and public duty as an elected official to serve the people of this county in my current capacity as long as possible," Mr. Church said in a statement.

Mark Church took an oath to fulfill the 4 year term of Supervisor which ends in December 2012. He personally chose to run for San Mateo County assessor-clerk-recorder office which happens to pay $174,000 vs. $85,000.

Mark Church has made his choice which will cause San Mateo County more pain and suffering, Had he resigned as asked, the BOS could have put the vacant seat on this next November election for very little money and the Voters of San Mateo County would have filled it.

Welcome to San Mateo County

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Posted by Virginia
a resident of Oak Knoll School
on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:35 am

Shame on Mark Church. There is no question his first allegience is not to the citizens of San Mateo County, and the hideous financial picture Mr. Church himself helped create by voting to give indigents (with over $200K in retirement) three million dollar Stanford university Liver transplants at the County expense (Nov. 9, 2008 meeting) without asking if the money would be repaid, or where the money would come from..... This staunch supported of appointment (of his Democrat, Union-backed/subsidized cronies) flies in the face of our citizens and their demands for open elections. look out for this guy...and his motives....

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Posted by e.grimley
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 11, 2010 at 12:07 am

The San Mateo County Shuffle Mr. Stogner sez" Welcome to San Mateo County.....I would just like to add, "NOW WAKE UP!" Keep Gordon out of Sacramento and Horsley off the Board....or it's more of the same....and don't complain.....just my opinion.

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