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Drake resigns from Town Council

Darin Olde, Sierra Sun

The last remaining member elected to the original Town Council following incorporation has announced he is stepping down.

Robert W. Drake announced he is resigning from Town Council on Wednesday, May 9. His last day will be May 31.

Drake submitted a brief resignation letter to Patt Osborne, the clerk with the Town of Truckee, stating that he was stepping down for personal reasons.

While Drake described several philosophical issues leading up to the decision, his predominant reason was to spend more time with his family.

“My mother is 92 and a half,” he said from his home office in ProsserDrake resigns from Council

Friday. “Also – seriously – I’ve served eight years. I don’t feel – and I’ve thought about this for four to five months – I don’t have any creative juices left.”

Maia Schneider, who has described herself as the political antithesis of Drake, said he will be sorely missed.

“It is a terrible, terrible loss,” said Schneider. “He’s one of the few courageous council members.”

Stephen L. Wright, the town manager, said Drake’s resignation and the potential actions available to Town Council to fill the vacancy will be included for discussion during the next council meeting tonight, May 17.

“I will also provide information as to the process (used) when Steve Carpenter decided to step down and Maia was appointed,” said Wright.

One thing that Drake wanted to get done but was never able to do was bring attention to the town’s history with the railroad.

“I just couldn’t ever seem to get a coalition to do this, and that is one of my regrets. I just didn’t have energy left,” he said.

One of the most experienced members on the council, Drake was appointed by the Governor to an unexpired term on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors in 1993.

After failing to gain a second term, Drake returned to Truckee where he was reelected to Town Council.

Drake is well known for his dry humor and audacity.

“Humor lightens loads,” said Drake. “You can deal with important, heavy issues. You are not taking it seriously unless you have humor with it … I think that’s an important thing.”


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