Jeff Griffiths has made his final motion as a member of the Bishop City Council and is preparing to take his seat on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors in January.
Griffiths, a councilman for the past six years, will become Inyo County’s new Second District Supervisor, a position he won in the June Primary,
At Monday’s City Council meeting, Griffiths wished his fellow council members and city staff a fond farewell, but assured them that, as Bishop’s representative at the county level, he will continue to be an active participant in city government and a regular fixture at City Council meetings.
“I want to thank the Council, current and past,” Griffiths said, adding that he appreciates the support he has received from city staff, department heads, city employees and the people of Bishop.
“It has been a true joy to represent Bishop the past six years,” Griffiths said. “My success is due to the abilities, passion and character of all of you,” he added, addressing his fellow council members, city staff and the community at large.
As the longest sitting council member, Griffiths played a role in training three of his fellow city representatives – Laura Smith, David Stottlemyre and Jim Ellis – each of whom thanked him Monday for his service and dedication to the city.
“I appreciate everything you did helping me when I first got on the council,” Stottlemyre said.
Smith said that Griffiths inspired her to run for office. “We’re going to have to step up to fill a big void that you will be leaving,” she said.
Ellis said that it was a pleasure to serve as a council member alongside Griffiths. “You do an incredible job at what you do,” he added.
Councilmember Pat Gardner, who took her seat at the dais last month, said she appreciated Griffiths’ time serving the city and “I wish you well and look forward to working with you as a county supervisor.”
City Clerk Denise Gillespie said the City Council will discuss at its Jan. 14 meeting how it will select a replacement to serve out the remainder of Griffiths’ term, which expires November 2014.
She also said that Griffiths has not officially resigned from the council, and will remain active on city committees “until the very last minute.”
Griffiths will take the oath of office for the Inyo County Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 8 meeting.