South Lake Tahoe Mayor Claire Fortier will remain a member of the City Council through at least January, Fortier said Tuesday.
Fortier's spouse, Dr. Maria Pielaet, has accepted a promotion with her employer Take Care Health Systems to set up a health clinic for the Microsoft Corporation in Seattle.
Pielaet begins her new position next week, but Fortier said she has some unfinished business to attend to before joining her partner in the Pacific Northwest. Finishing her stint as mayor, voting on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's Regional Plan Update and completing the fall semester teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno, all need to be accomplished before the 20-year-resident leaves the area.
"I am absolutely committed to being here though the Regional Plan Update process," Fortier said. The long-anticipated update is headed for a vote in December.
The council is scheduled to select a new mayor in December following a November election for two City Council seats. Fortier's term as a council member expires in November 2014.
City code requires the council to appoint someone to a vacant City Council seat or call a special election to fill the vacancy within 60 days of a council member leaving. Whoever is appointed or elected to the seat fills the unexpired term.
Fortier said she is excited to move onto a new phase in her life, but wanted to make sure the city is in a stable place following the election and turnover in the city manager and city finance director positions.
She said she isn't quite sure what she'll do once she moves away.
"I'm kind of stoked," Fortier said. "I love Tahoe, no doubt about it, but my spouse has a wonderful job."
"I have no clue where I'm going to go," Fortier added.