Muril Clift, vice president of the Cambria Community Services District board of directors and a former candidate for San Luis Obispo County supervisor, resigned suddenly at the end of the board’s meeting Thursday.
Clift’s resignation is effective Oct. 1. He said in the resignation letter he read aloud that he was leaving the board because of “personal obligations and plans which will require a move from my current residence in Cambria.”
In the letter, Clift also said, “I have always believed to be an effective public servant one must have a long-term commitment to the office one holds.”
Board President Gail Robinette sat for a few seconds, then said she understood that sometimes things like this need to happen but, “this is a shock. It isn't easy. It won’t be easy.”
Clift said, “It has been a pleasure to serve on the board, and I wish I could continue, but I cannot.”
He also serves on the San Luis Obispo County Local Agency Formation Commission, but said in an email interview Friday that he has submitted his resignation to that body via letter. He said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll give up his post on the Special District Risk Management Authority.
Clift unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Bruce Gibson of Cayucos for the 2nd District supervisor’s seat in 2014.
On Thursday, the Cambria board didn’t determine how it would handle filling the vacancy, but briefly discussed legalities with district counsel Tim Carmel. Clift serves on several ad hoc committees for the district, one of which has been researching the future of Cambria’s urban fire-suppression service.
To fill past vacancies after resignations, the district board has taken applications and appointed a replacement. That’s how Clift and Robinette got onto the board to begin with, in 2008 and 2011, respectively.
Clift was subsequently elected to the board later in 2008 and 2012, and served as board president in 2011. His resignation ends his second term as vice president.
Clift has more than four decades of experience in the insurance industry. He said he and wife Vicky haven’t yet “decided where we will end up, but it will be an environment where we don’t have to deal with home and house work.”
The Clifts, who have lived in Cambria since 1997, plan to sell their home there.