Chula Vista Mayor Stephen C. Padilla and Council members will hold an emergency session Friday, December 9, at 5 p.m. to accept the resignation of Council member Patty Davis and discuss the procedure that must be followed to fill her vacant seat. Davis, who has been battling the effects of a serious illness for months, resigned December 7 for health reasons.
According to the city charter, elected leaders must attempt to appoint a successor to serve out the remainder of Davis’ term. If they make no decision within 30 days of Davis’ resignation, a special election may be scheduled. At Friday’s emergency meeting, the Mayor and Council members are expected to set a timetable for interviewing potential candidates and selecting an interim council member.
“Chula Vista’s Charter instructs the city’s elected leaders to give their best effort in resolving an emergency situation like this one,” says Mayor Padilla. “We plan to act swiftly and follow the Charter to the best of our abilities.”
Several months ago, Council member Davis was diagnosed with viral encephalitis and traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for treatment. In her resignation, Davis writes, “Although my condition is improving, the combined impact of two biopsies and the virus still impair my ability to function at my prior level of effectiveness.” Although the two-term council member hopes to be able to serve the public again in the future, Davis adds, “I need to undergo physical therapy, and per the advice of my doctors, simply rest when needed to make a full recovery.”
Patty Davis, born in Kentucky, is an Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post 434. As a realtor and business owner, she has a long history of involvement in the real estate community. Davis is a long-time advocate of affordable housing and a driving force behind establishing Christmas in October, a program that enlists volunteers to repair and spruce up the homes of elderly and disabled residents.
Mayor Padilla, a close personal friend, says, “If we’re blessed, we cross paths with distinguished spirits who so often in all they do with word and deed demonstrate grace, compassion and strength and above all, God’s love. That’s my friend Patty Davis.”
Congressman Bob Filner describes Davis as, “one of the most effective and capable public servants in California. She has a genuine concern for the people she represents, and the positive development of the city she loves.”
“In my years working with Patty on the City Council, I always knew I could count on her for steady leadership,” states former Council member Mary Salas. “She has the ability to get people focused and working together. She is a wonderful person, with tremendous talent and determination.”
Assemblywoman Shirley Horton, who served with Davis on the City Council calls Davis, “an incredibly bright, articulate person. She has great strength she’s proven that over and over again, and I know she’ll draw on that to get her through this. I wish her the very best of health.”