Andy Klein Exits as Mayor

Andy Klein, former Mayor of San Carlos

Today, Andy Klein is the former mayor of San Carlos. In a surprise announcement – at least to the community – Klein resigned from his office Wednesday after just ten months in the position. Effective immediately.

Klein filed a letter of resignation with the city clerk’s office. In it, he cited “major setbacks” to his personal life. He wrote he and his wife had decided to “dissolve” their marriage and that his busy schedule hadn’t allowed him time to cope with the loss.

Klein went on to write, “I have made decisions in my personal life that have become detrimental to myself and others,” but did not go into further detail. He also said he’d begun “treatment to address my situation,” but did not specify the treatment. Finally, he asked the public to give him privacy to deal with his issues.

Klein was first elected to the City Council in 2009 for a four year term, meaning he had one more year to serve.

The City Council chose Andy Klein as mayor last June after former Omar Ahmad died of a heart attack.

There was some discussion in the community – some of it heated – about the selection of Andy Klein, after an officer pulled him over in mid-May of 2011 on suspicion of driving under the influence. The D.A. decided not to press charges after blood-alcohol tests showed Klein’s blood-alcohol content was below the legal limit.

Some people objected to Klein for other reasons, calling him a polarizing figure or simply not liking his stance on outsourcing the police and fire departments, viewed by others as both financially necessary and innovative.

The city manager’s office says Matt Grocott will step in as interim mayor. At least until the remaining council members figure out what to do next.

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