Supervisor Efren Carrillo's critics renew call for resignation; supervisor says he's staying

  • Embattled Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, listens to Karen Fraser as she asks Carrillo to step down from his position on the board during public comment, Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013 in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

Critics of embattled Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo forcefully renewed their call for his resignation at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, prompting Carrillo to later say that he is not currently planning to step down.

Carrillo's critics said his continued service in elected office tarnished the county's reputation and left his constituents without an effective representative.

"The 5th District deserves but doesn't have a fully functioning representative now," said Alice Chan, a Sebastopol-based Democratic Party activist. "His continued presence on this board is an embarrassment to us and to Sonoma County."

Should he not resign, it is almost certain he would face a recall effort, critics said.

The comments, echoed by about a dozen speakers, many of them either outright Carrillo opponents or newly emerged critics, came in Carrillo's second Board of Supervisors meeting since his July 13 arrest on suspicion of prowling and burglary.

Carrillo responded in a brief interview late Tuesday evening, saying he had no current plans to give up his county job.

"That's a decision I'm not prepared to make at this time," he said. "I'm focusing on the work before me, and my intention is not focused on the distractions but rather the performance of my job while still tending to the early stages of my recovery."

The response, the first extended, unscripted comments about his plans and his daily work schedule since his return to county business last month, came hours after his most vocal critics made a public display of their push against the 32-year-old supervisor.

Wearing bright yellow stickers that read "Resign, Put the 5th District First," one speaker after another came to the podium during the board's afternoon public comment period to urge the second-term west county supervisor to step down.

"It would be impossible, Mr. Carrillo, for you to represent me on any issue, on any day," said Lee Leibrock, a Forestville resident. "You have lost your constituency."

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