San Pablo City Councilmember Cecilia Valdez has announced she will resign from her elected post effective Jan. 2, city officials announced today.
Valdez has served on council since 2008, was twice mayor, and her current term ends November 2020. In her resignation letter, posted in full below, Valdez doesn’t provide a reason for her resignation, aside from writing that her decision followed “careful consideration and personal reflection.” She expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work on the council’s progressive majority over the last decade.
Valdez “cared deeply about our San Pablo community and worked diligently during her term in office with the City Council to better San Pablo,” Mayor Kinney said in a statement.
Today, a special city council meeting is being held to officially acknowledge the resignation and to determine how to best fill the vacancy.
Per protocol, City Council must either call a special election or fill the vacancy by appointment no later than in 60 days, or March 3, 2019. Her replacement would serve through the remainder of Valdez’ term through November 2020.