Goodwin resigning from Truckee Town Council
Truckee Town Council Member Morgan Goodwin announced he will be resigning from the council in August with plans to move to Los Angeles in the fall.
Goodwin was just re-elected in November and currently serves as vice mayor. His term is set to end in 2022.
“This is certainly not a goodbye for good but rather a changing of my relationship with this place,” Morgan said at Tuesday’s council meeting. “Serving the community in this way has been absolutely the highlight and joy of my life so far.”
“I don’t think anyone in the room is prepared to say goodbye right now,” Mayor David Tirman said to Goodwin. “We look forward to the next 60 days we have with you. It’s going to be a big change and a big loss for us.”
Goodwin was first elected to the Truckee Town Council in 2014, serving once as vice mayor and once as mayor during his first term. He is the current chair of the Truckee Roundhouse makerspace and is an investor and future resident of the Truckee Cohousing Project.
He said he still intends to follow through on purchasing one of the cohousing units and maintaining roots in Truckee.
“I have every intention of leaving all these things that I’m involved with in much better shape than I found them,” he said.
Goodwin said that he had spent the last six months deliberating over his future career plans and felt like he did not have all the options he wanted in front of him.
“When we’re feeling stuck I think it’s often helpful to consider what the assumptions are that we’re making that lead you to feel stuck. One such assumption was that I’ll always be based here in Truckee,” he said. “When I did that thought experiment and started thinking what it would be like if I wasn’t based here, I started seeing a lot of possibilities open up to build my career.”
With a vacant seat on the Town Council, members can either appoint someone to fill the seat or call a special election. This must be done within 60 days of the vacancy.
According to Jeff Loux, Truckee town manager, if a special election is called it would likely take place on March 3, 2020, the date of California’s presidential primary election. The winning candidate would serve until the end of Goodwin’s term in November 2022.
If the council chooses to make an appointment that council member would serve until the November 2020 election. The seat would be up for grabs in that election and the winning candidate would then serve until the November 2022 election.
There are no requirements for how the Town Council goes about filling the seat, aside from the candidate being registered to vote in Truckee. The Council could choose to take applications or to appoint the candidate who received the most votes in the last election without being elected, according to Loux. That option could give the seat to Chelsea Walterscheid, who was 30 votes shy of a seat behind Council Member David Polivy.
If the council takes applications, they could consider working with the Administrative Services Director to screen and interview applicants. The recommended candidates could then come forward for an interview process in an open Town Council meeting.
Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at 530-550-2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.