CARLSBAD — Council member Farrah Golshan Douglas announced today that she will be resigning from City Council at the end of this week.
“Due to pressing personal and family commitments, I feel I cannot continue to offer the level of time and attention to this position — and our community — deserves,” she stated in a letter sent to Mayor Matt Hall Wednesday morning. “I love this community too much to be satisfied with less than complete dedication.”
Douglas was elected to a four-year term on city council in November 2010, and her resignation will take effect at the end of the day Feb. 7.
The City Council has 60 days to call a special election or fill the empty seat by appointment. A decision is expected at an upcoming council meeting.
“Her passion for serving the community and supporting local businesses has carried through to her time as the leader of the Chamber, as a planning commissioner and most recently as a council member,” said Hall.
During her term on the City Council, Douglas represented Carlsbad on SANDAG boards and at the League of California Cities branches, but dedicated much of her work to San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors, Water Planning Committee and SANDAG Borders Committee. She voiced extensive support for building the Carlsbad Desalination Plant.
In her letter to Hall, Douglas said that of her contributions she’s most proud of while serving on the Council include the opening of Alga Norte Park, the approval of the desalination plant and the implementation of the pay for performance system for city employees.
Prior to being elected to council, Douglas served on the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and Planning Commission. She has owned and operated CDS Printing with her family for over two decades. She currently acts as the executive director of Major Gifts and Development of Tri-City Medical Center.