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Supervisor resigning in Orange County

Orange County will soon be looking for a new supervisor in District 1.

Supervisor Shannon Abbs announced Tuesday that she intends to resign her seat on the board effective July 31. In an email to friends and her District 1 constituents, Abbs cited “changes in my personal situation that make it impossible to continue as supervisor” as the reason for her decision to resign.

She could not be reached for further comment.

Abbs was in the first year of her second term on the Board of Supervisors, narrowly winning election both times.

In 2009, she defeated incumbent Chairman Mark Johnson by five votes—651 to 646. Last November, her margin over challenger Diane Strong was 11 votes, 1,104– 1,093.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Teel Goodwin thanked Abbs on behalf of the board “for her diligent service to Orange County and to her District 1 citizens these past many years.”

“We wish her well in the future,” he added.

District 5 Supervisor Lee Frame said he enjoyed working with Abbs.

“I thought she was a smart supervisor. She addressed issues that were important to her and her constituents,” Frame said.

Goodwin said the board will take up the District 1 position at its meeting next Tuesday.

“We will take action at that time to initiate the process for scheduling a special election for the District 1 supervisor, and to discuss our next steps regarding this vacancy during the interim,” he said.

According to Orange County Attorney Tom Lacheney, the remaining supervisors have 45 days after receiving the resignation to name a temporary replacement. The temporary supervisor would likely serve only until the November election, and the winner of that election would then take office immediately to finish out the term.

Dan McFarland:

dmcfarland@freelancestar.com

 

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