Special recognition given to departing city council members
After closed session, Mayor Lino Callegari presented Joy with a plaque with the seal of the city of Susanville on it, signed by everyone on the city council, along with a pin representing five years of service to the city.
Rainey received similar recognition for her 10 years of service.
Joy said at the meeting that resigning from the council was a hard decision to make.
“I hated to have to make the priorities that I did,” Joy said to everyone present regarding his announcement of resignation at the May 2 board meeting. “But I made those decisions for good reasons. It was an extremely difficult decision, because I very much love this city, and I love the people that work for it, and I love the people that live in it. I appreciate all the support, and everyone here is the best of people.”
Joy announced his decision to leave the council came at the end of the May 2 city council meeting, saying he wanted to focus on his business, ERA Joy Realty, and his family. Joy’s last day as Mayor pro tem is May 31.
Rainey, in her last meeting as city administrator, said she was leaving the council for personal reasons, and she said she was happy to be leaving on good terms.
“The Susanville City Council has been very good to me,” Rainey said. “They offered me an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often, and it’s been wonderful for me, and I thank them.”
Rainey went on to say she thought the city has been in the best condition it’s been in for many years.
Rainey said when she came on as administrator in 2004, it wasn’t a secret the city was having financial problems. But she said with the patience of the community and the commitment of the city council, she said they were able to correct the practices that led to those problems, which the city doesn’t have today.
“The community needs to know that,” Rainey said. “The council already knows that. There is no sinking ship here.”
Community Services Director Rob Hill has stepped into the role of assistant to the mayor, which till recently was referred to as city administrator. which he is currently training for. Rainey’s last day in the position will be May 31.
As far as replacing Joy, the city council will be taking letters from anyone looking to interview for the position. The council will have 30 day from May 31 to make an appointment. They will be interviewing potential candidates during open session at future meetings.
The new member will take over the rest of Joy’s term, until a special stand-alone election is held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, which County Clerk Julia Bustamante said would cost roughly $70,000.
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