San Luis Obispo, CA — San Luis Obispo City Council Member Andrew Carter is planning to leave elected office to take on a full-time job as the next City Administrator of Guadalupe. Carter has served on the City Council since 2006, and is currently filling a term that will expire on December 1, 2014. With less than two years left in the term, the City Council will now decide whether to appoint a replacement for Council Member Carter, or call a special election.
The appointment process was last used in 2010 when Mayor Jan Marx was elected Mayor in the middle of a four-year term as Council Member, creating a vacancy on the Council. At that time, the City Council chose to appoint Dan Carpenter, who was recently elected to a new four-year term. The appointment process was used twice in the 1990’s.
The vacant seat must be filled by appointment made by the majority of the remaining Council Members within 30 days of the vacancy occurring. If no appointment is made, a special election will be called to occur no sooner than 90 days, nor later than 150 days following the vacancy. Council Member Carter’s last day as a Council Member for the City of San Luis Obispo will be February 20, 2013 and that will be the day on which the vacancy will occur for appointment purposes.