Ally Medina abruptly resigned from her council seat at last night’s meeting. The announcement came at the tail-end of the council meeting when Mayor John Bauters inquired about future agenda items.
“I’m announcing my resignation from city council effective mid-january,” Medina explained [1:26:00]. “This is going to be my last city council meeting.”
Medina cited the time commitment and lack of compensation of the role and that the flexibility it required was holding back her career advancement.
Medina also noted she was aware of the likelihood of this decision prior to the recent election but opted to not vacate her seat prior.
Medina was first elected in 2016 and was appointed to a second term in 2020 when no challengers filed.
Medina was widely criticized for her unprofessional behavior at the last council meeting when she began wildly making gestures in response to a public comment. She was also criticized for not stepping into the roll of Mayor which she was in line for.
This announcement provides some insights and exposes the “show” that was made of the process when Bauters nominated her prior to “reluctantly” accepting a recently unprecedented second term as Mayor. It’s difficult to imagine he was not aware of the possibility of Medina’s resignation considering how close the two purport to be.
Sad to announce my resignation from the Emeryville city council this evening. It’s been a privilege to serve you all for 6 years. My cat was unmoved by my announcement. pic.twitter.com/tFPAnC9Pvv
— Ally Medina (@EvilleAlly) December 21, 2022
This is the second abrupt council resignation in recent years with Christian Patz resigning in 2021 just a few months into his second term. This seat was filled through a Special Election that was ultimately won by Courtney Welch. This Special Election cost the city over $157,000 for the County to facilitate.
The four remaining members of Council will discuss filling the vacancy at the January 17th council meeting and determine if it will be filled by appointment or by another Special Election.
Sources of potential candidates could come from the last election when Brooke Westling and Sukdheep Kaur both had strong showings placing third and fourth respectively. The Planning Commission is also considered a strong pipeline to City Council with both Bauters and David Mourra serving on the body prior to running for and winning their council seats.