News Review Staff Writer
Jason Patin surprised many in the community last Friday by announcing his resignation from the Ridgecrest City Council. Although he did not identify a reason for leaving the council, he said that it was without ill will.
“At this point in time, it is best for me and my family that I resign my position as mayor pro tem of the city of Ridgecrest,” Patin said in a statement to the News Review. “It is for positive, move-forward reasons.
“I will deeply miss serving with my colleagues and serving the community in that capacity. I will still be living in the community and be willing to serve in any way I can.
“I would also like to thank the community for all the wonderful comments and well wishings since my resignation. It is very much appreciated. I will elaborate on this decision when the time is appropriate.”
Patin attended Burroughs High School, then left the community for 13 years to live and work in the Los Angeles area. He and his wife moved back several years ago, and the couple have since raised their four children in Ridgecrest.
City Manager Dennis Speer said that he has been in touch with the city attorney regarding the process to fill the position.
“The bottom line is the council will have to either appoint a new member or hold a special election,” said Speer. He said those steps include Patin’s official filing with the clerk and a public notice about the vacancy.
“I believe the attorney said that interested parties could even apply for consideration,” said Speer. “Once those things happen, the council will decide whether to appoint or hold an election.”
Speer said that the law includes a provision that, if the council is unable appoint or fund an election, the county will have the authority to run an election or make an appointment on behalf of the city.Story First Published: 2013-08-14