On January 27, 2022, San Gabriel Mayor Chin Ho Liao submitted his resignation effective immediately due to medical reasons.
By News Desk
Liao was appointed as Mayor of San Gabriel by the City Council on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The San Gabriel City Council must take action to fill the vacant seat. The Council will consider this option at its next regularly scheduled meeting, Tuesday. February 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm.
Liao’s resignation comes just weeks after the vacancy left by former councilman Jason Pu who resigned his seat on January 7, 2022, after the Biden administration appointed him HUD Regional Director for Region 9. The City Council voted unanimously to fill Pu’s vacant seat by appointment, which includes an application and interview process. The Council opted not to fill the seat by special election due to costs and because Pu’s term ends on Nov. 8, 2022. Applicant interviews to fill the appointment for Pu’s seat are tentatively scheduled for February 15, 2022.
The resignation of Mayor Liao creates a second vacancy on the City Council for a term that also ends in November 2022.
The City Council is once again faced with two options:
- To appoint someone to complete the unexpired term of office within 60 days from the commencement of vacancy (January 27, 2022); or
- Call a special election to fill the vacancy which “…shall be held on the next
regularly-established election date not less than 114 days from the call of the special election.”
If the council chooses to fill the vacancy by appointment, the appointment must be made by March 28, 2022. The City Council may choose to appoint an individual with or without an application and interview process.
Chin Ho Liao was elected to the City Council in March of 2013. He’s been actively involved in community service in San Gabriel for over twenty years.
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