Councilman John Connolly has tendered his resignation from the Buellton City Council, with the June 22 meeting to be his last seated at the dais, Mayor Holly Sierra announced at Thursday’s council meeting.
“We appreciate everything Councilman Connolly has given to the city,” Sierra said, noting the city will soon start the process of appointing someone to serve out the rest of his term, which expires in 2018.
Connolly was first elected to the council in 2010 and served as mayor in 2014, when mayors were selected by fellow council members. He was re-elected to another four-year council term that same year.
No reason was given for Connolly’s resignation, but he is the second elected official to leave the council this year.
Dan Baumann resigned because he was moving from Buellton to Hawaii. His last meeting was April 13, and he was replaced that night by Dave King, who was selected from a field of three applicants.
A retired California Highway Patrol officer, King previously served on the City Council, including as vice mayor, and ran for mayor in the November 2016 election.
The other two applicants were Fred Luna, who previously served on the Buellton Visioning Committee, and Marcilo Sarquilla, who served on the Buellton Parks Commission in 2014 and ran for a council seat in November 2016.
Sierra said the goal is to appoint Connolly’s replacement at the June 22 or July 13 meeting.
She noted whoever is appointed “will have the pleasure of sitting on the council when we revisit the RV parking issue.”