Councilmember John Gordon resigns from Lemoore City Council

John Gordon
John Gordon

Lemoore attorney John Gordon, currently in his first term as a member of the Lemoore City Council, resigned today (June 19), effective immediately. According to Lemoore City Manager Jeff Laws, his resignation was due to health and family reasons.

City officials learned of Gordon’s resignation today (June 19) through a letter to Laws. His resignation includes his stepping down from various other committees, including Kings County Association of Governments (KCAG), LAFCO, and the Kings County Water Commission.

“It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter of resignation as a member of the Lemoore City Council,” stated Gordon in his letter. “In my previous life experiences my ego has never allowed me to quit any endeavor that I started. However, my ego must take a back seat to my adult responsibilities to look after the well-being of myself, my family, and my law practice, in that order.”

In his letter Gordon explains that he recently started a new physical therapy program that begins every weekday morning at 5:30 and takes three hours to complete. He said he has made great strides in the program, overseen by The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP). It is the same organization that helped him as a child cope with his cerebral palsy.

“During the first two months of this program I learned that the physical demands require me to make some difficult decisions,” he said in explaining his reasons for resigning from the city council.

Gordon has been on the council for 3 ½ years, having been elected in 2010. His term ends in November.  “I took my responsibility as a City Councilmember very seriously over the past 3 ½ years and worked diligently to always be prepared and informed when making decisions. I took to heart the fact that so many people in our city looked past my physical obstacles and believed in my ability to represent them on the Lemoore City Council.”

Councilmembers are now tasked with either finding a replacement for Gordon or waiting until the November elections, letting the public decide. Appointing someone to fill his seat would require the newcomer to almost immediately begin running in the upcoming November election.

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