Mower resigns City Council

City seeks applicants for council appointment

Mower resigns City CouncilBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

“It is with mixed emotions I announce my resignation as of Feb. 7,” said Ridgecrest City Councilmember Mike Mower during Wednesday’s meeting.

Mower said he and his wife would be moving to Iowa, where they have owned property for some 13 years.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the council and working with staff,” said Mower. “And my project was getting Downs Street done.”

The Downs Street widening project has been in the works since the ‘80s (when Mower was serving his first terms on the City Council) and was finally completed last year.

Mower moved to Ridgecrest with his family in 1971 to take a position at the Bank of America. He served as BA president until 1979. Mower, a building contractor, with his partners, have built numerous homes locally. In 1979 he opened High Desert Home Center, a hardware store, still in operation. Mower with his wife Paula are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, where he has served in many leading positions.

His first term on the City council was from 1984 thru 1992, his second term was from 2014 to the present, serving a total of 14 years.

With a seat being vacated, Mayor Eric Bruen suggested the council take the same action it took when former Councilmember Wallace Martin resigned in 2019. During the discussion of future agenda items, Bruen suggested the city immediately announce that it is seeking candidates for appointment through Feb. 16. Council would then have a chance to review potential candidates during the Feb. 17 meeting.

He then proposed a special meeting on Feb. 24, one which he suggested should be open to the public now that the state stay-at-home order has been lifted, for council to interview candidates, receive public input and make its decision.

Bruen clarified that if the city opened council chambers to the public, masking and physical distancing requirements would be in place.

Council gave the plan verbal consensus. See ridgecrest-ca.gov/AgendaCenter/City-Council-2 for updates.

Story First Published: 2021-02-05