SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Councilmember Dave Whittum submitted his resignation letter to the City on Monday, April 4, 2016, effective that same day, citing work-life balance reasons. Per Section 604 of the City Charter, the City Council has 30 days to declare the seat vacant and call a special election. The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters estimates their fee to the City to conduct the special election as $772,000.
City staff are currently researching the options available to meet the charter requirements and will prepare a report for the City Council to consider at one of their meetings within the 30 day period. The City Council is able to and will continue to operate with six councilmembers.
Mayor Glenn Hendricks made the announcement at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 5 and stated, “Dave has faithfully served the Sunnyvale community for eight years and I will be extending an invitation to him to attend a future meeting so that we can recognize him for his service and contribution to the community.”
Mr. Whittum began his first term as a councilmember in Seat #4 in January 2008 and his second term was scheduled to end in January 2017. His second term was extended by one year from January 2016 to January 2017 after Sunnyvale voters elected in November 2013 to change from odd to even year elections.