Marquez resigns as councilman in Westmorland

October 04, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — City Councilman Thomas Marquez officially resigned Wednesday, leaving the city searching for a replacement.

During the council meeting Wednesday, Marquez submitted a letter addressed to Mayor Henry Halcon. The letter stated Marquez had resigned his position Monday.

"I would like to express my thanks to you (Halcon) and the citizens of Westmorland. The time I have spent as a member of the City Council has been both rewarding and enjoyable. I leave with many memories," he wrote in the letter.

"Henry, please thank all the employees for their support not only for me but for all they do for the city, the work they do each day to keep the city moving forward," the letter states.


He stated his resignation is not due to any city issues but for personal reasons.

Marquez is in the Air Force reserve and remains on call to go to Los Angeles as a result of the recent terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

He stated he has not moved out of the city and is not selling his house. Some residents stated during recent council meetings that Marquez no longer resided in the city.

"Please pass on my thanks to the city, council and all the employees of the city," he stated.

After City Clerk Sally Traylor read Marquez's letter aloud she submitted to the council a proposed application for applicants for the vacant seat.

Traylor said the council must appoint someone to the seat within 30 days after the resignation or a special election must be set.

All applicants must be residents and registered voters of the city of Westmorland.

Applications can be picked up at City Hall starting today and must be completed and filed in the office of the city clerk by 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

At the next council meeting Oct. 17, applicants will be allowed three minutes to make a presentation to the council in support of their candidacy.

Council members will ask any questions they feel appropriate. The council hopes to appoint a new council member at that meeting.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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