By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
How will the vacancy on the Garden Grove City Council be filled and who will fill the spot created by the resignation last week of Andrew Do?
Mayor Bill Dalton said that at the next city council meeting on April 26, the council members will discuss if there will be a city appointment to the position or if there will bea special election held.
“As far as Andrew Do’s resignation . . . we have 60 days to appoint a person to take the place on the council or to have a special election,” said Dalton.
Do’s resignation from the council was prompted by what he stated as personal and financial reasons.
Do, a businessman when not performing his city elected duties, cited the economic hardships at present as preventing him from maintaining his position in a way that he felt was needed.
At last week’s city council meeting, Do said that he needed to resign in order to better serve his family, business and employees.
“I am unable to put the necessary effort required to do this job successfully and to my standards while putting more time into making my business work,” Do said.
Do is a former refugee from Vietnam and has been a Garden Grove resident since 1976. He was elected to the city council in 2008.
The resignation took the city staff and other council members by surprise. City Clerk Kathy Bailor said that she had not heard of anything at all until the announcement by Do.
Bruce Broadwater, city council member, said he was unaware that anything like this would happen.
“I really don’t know a whole lot about it, not anymore than I read in the paper, “ said Broadwater, “Bill [Mayor Dalton] said he knew nothing about it. Matt Fertal [city manager] told me he knew nothing about it. It was a complete surprise to all of us . . .He [Do] talked about financial problems, I do believe that was it. There might have been some other things, but I really don’t know.”