San Mateo Councilman Robert Ross to resign for health reasons

San Mateo City Councilman Robert Ross is resigning his position next week because of health problems, he announced in a letter to his colleagues Wednesday.

Ross will resign effective Tuesday. He first joined the City Council in 2009 and was re-elected to a second term last year.

Prior to that, Ross served as a city police officer for 27 years, retiring at the rank of lieutenant.

With his resignation, the City Council has 30 days to appoint someone to the seat who will serve until after a new representative is chosen in the November 2015 general election, City Councilman David Lim said.

That person will serve for the remainder of Ross' term, which ends in 2017.

“While I will miss Councilmember Ross' leadership and hard work ethic, I am happy that my friend Robert is making a choice that is good for his family and his long-term health,” Lim said Wednesday.

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