Modesto Councilwoman Kristin Olsen will resign from the council in November as she transitions into her new role as a member of the state Assembly.
"November 3rd will be my last meeting," she said at Monday's council meeting. "My resignation will be effective November 4th."
Olsen won the Republican primary for the 25th Assembly District in June, besting five other GOP candidates, but no Democrat filed to run, ensuring that she will be unopposed in the Nov. 2 general election.
Modesto's charter allows the City Council to appoint someone to fill a vacant seat within 30 days of an incumbent resigning. If the council does not make that appointment, the city would hold a special election.
Mayor Jim Ridenour said after Monday's meeting that he wants to fill the vacancy of Olsen's District 5 seat by appointment. That would save the city as much as $150,000 over holding a special election.
Although Olsen's council term expires in 2013, an appointed successor would serve only until fall 2011, the date of the next regularly scheduled council election.
Ridenour said he will ask the council at a meeting in August to approve his proposal to select three council members to form a committee to interview potential successors.
The top picks wouldn't come before the City Council until after Olsen leaves the council.
Olsen said one of the reasons for announcing her resignation date now is to give the council plenty of time to find her replacement.
After the meeting, Olsen said she would be resigning from her position as an assistant vice president at California State University, Stanislaus, on Nov. 30. She is the university's top communications official.
She will be sworn in as an assemblywoman in early December. The 25th Assembly District stretches from Modesto to Madera.
"I certainly want to continue working hard for District 5 and the Modesto City Council. That is what they elected me to do," Olsen said after her election.
She has vowed to uphold "conservative principles and common sense" while working to revitalize our economy and create jobs by reducing taxes, rolling back regulations, cutting government spending and restoring local control.
The Assembly seat opened when Tom Berryhill decided to run for state Senate. He won the June Republican primary for the 14th Senate District and will face a Democrat for the seat in November.
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