It’s a bittersweet beginning to the New Year for the City of San Mateo. During the first Council meeting of 2015, the San Mateo City Council accepted the resignation of Council Member Ross and discussed the process to appoint his successor.
Ross has served on the Council since 2009 and completed this past year as Mayor. He is resigning to address health concerns he stated in a letter last week. Ross shared his heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the San Mateo community and values having the opportunity to serve on the San Mateo Police Force and as a Council member. He will be missed by Council, staff, and many community members.
“This decision is a difficult one,” Ross said. “Serving the people of San Mateo has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I will forever love the San Mateo community and am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you for the past 33-years.”
Ross brought a unique perspective to the City Council by providing a direct voice for the San Mateo community. He was consistently available to meet with residents and business owners, listen to their concerns, and raise them during Council meetings for discussion. His ability to be responsive and have his pulse on the community was a special characteristic that he provided.
Robert was most concerned with the overall health and well-being of the City and preferred to focus on a path for building a better future. When he first arrived to the City Council, he knew that the City was facing many issues that would be critical to the future of the community. He felt that he could be a good conduit for increasing communication between neighborhood groups and City officials. His efforts helped to increase public trust and provide greater transparency.
He most enjoyed serving on the League of California Cities Future Economic Development Taskforce, working on projects to strengthen the City’s finances and infrastructure, and is happy that the City is able to retain the redevelopment properties. His efforts have had a positive impact on San Mateo and will create a bright future for our community.
“Robert was truly a ‘man of the people,'” says San Mateo Mayor, Maureen Freschet. “From the time he began his career in San Mateo as a law enforcement officer, to his final role as a Council member, Robert’s passion was to serve the citizens of San Mateo and the best interests of our community. While we will miss him, I am glad he is putting himself and his own health first.”
Ross’s successor will be selected through an open application process and will be appointed by the San Mateo City Council following a special meeting held on Monday, January 26th. Applications are available on the City’s website and must be submitted to the San Mateo City Clerk by Tuesday, January 20th. Applicants should be prepared to give a ten-minute presentation during the January 26th meeting highlighting their experience and interest in serving on the City Council.
Council has 30-days to fill Ross’s seat. The appointee will serve until a new Council member is elected during November’s General Election. For more information about the selection process please contact the San Mateo City Clerk’s Office at (650) 522-7040.