Arroyo Grande City Council to appoint Caren Ray's successor

Council decides to appoint a replacement instead of holding special election

acornejo@thetribunenews.comOctober 8, 2013 

The Arroyo Grande City Council will fill the seat vacated by Caren Ray through appointment and not a special election, the four remaining council members unanimously decided Tuesday night.

Ray resigned last week after being appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the county Board of Supervisors seat that became vacant in June when Paul Teixeira died of a heart attack. She was sworn in Tuesday morning as San Luis Obispo County’s 4th District supervisor.

Arroyo Grande residents can apply to fill the remaining two-year term of her vacated seat on the council through Oct. 18. Applications will be posted on the city’s website today.

A public forum for candidates will be held prior to the council’s appointment of the new member in November.

A similar process was followed in 2010 when Ray was appointed to the council.

Ray briefly attended the Arroyo Grande City Council meeting Tuesday night, sitting in the audience instead of at the dais.

“I will continue to support you and the city of Arroyo Grande,” Ray tearfully told the council. “It is very bittersweet to let go of my seat here, but I wish you all the best.”

A special election would have cost the city up to $40,000 and left the council with only four members until June. The only cost associated with the appointment will be the cost of advertising the position, city staff said.

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