“Today is not a day of joy or release, but rather one of unremitting pain,” wrote Dawson in an e-mail to The Press. “I have resigned my office as a Director for the Town of Discovery Bay. I have sought to protect the district from the costs of a recall and to protect my family from the pain it would bring. Thank you to anyone who supported me over the last couple of months, I will never be able to repay you. It has truly been a pleasure to serve this community and I wish it the best as it moves forward.”
Dawson delivered his resignation to General Manager Rick Howard at 9:35 a.m. The move follows months of contention on both sides of an effort to recall Dawson following his arrest for spousal battery and child endangerment in August. Residents spearheading the effort to recall Dawson were required to file the 1,649 signatures with the county elections department by today.
“I’m sorry for the whole affair,” said CSD Director Kevin Graves. “I don’t think there were any winners here, and I believe that Brian did the right thing because he didn’t incur the unnecessary and expensive costs of a recall election.”
The CSD board has the option of filling the vacancy by either appointing a new director or holding a special election.
According to Government Code, should the board choose to appointment a replacement, it must do so within 60 days of the director’s resignation. The notice of vacancy must be posted in at least three conspicuous places in town for a minimum of 15 days prior to the appointment.