Belvedere City Council member resigns mid-term

Belvedere Councilman Steve Block announced he was leaving council halfway through his four-year term.

City Manager Craig Middleton said Block tendered his resignation on March 17. He said Block, who was elected in 2020, did not provide a reason.

Block did not respond to a request for comment.

“It’s a huge loss,” said Mayor Sally Wilkinson. “We all thought Steve was amazing.”

Block also resigned from the board of directors of the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency and the Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association.

At a special meeting on Wednesday, the city council voted unanimously to appoint an interim council member to hold the position until elections in November.

The city will advertise the vacancy and interview candidates on April 21. An interim replacement will be selected at this meeting and sworn in in May.

“We’re excited to see who puts their name in the hat,” Wilkinson said.

The board plans to allow candidates to run in a special election in November to fill the remaining two years of Block’s term.

The council will also have two four-year seats up for election in 2022. Wilkinson will complete a two-year term and James Campbell will complete a four-year term.

Steve McGrath, acting executive director of the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency, said Block informed him of his resignation from the board. The council includes representatives from Belvedere, Mill Valley, Tiburon and the county. Belvedere will appoint a new representative to the board, McGrath said.

Jeff Wickman, trustee of the Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association, said Block had notified the board of supervisors of his intention to resign from the MCERA board by April 28. Block was appointed by the Supervisory Board.

A retired business executive and attorney, Block holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Belvedere Community Foundation and the City Block Captains Steering Committee and volunteered with non-profit organizations such as Canal Alliance and 10,000 Degrees.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, members spoke enthusiastically about Block’s contributions during his time on council. The block was not present.

“I’m lucky to call Steve a friend and will continue to seek his guidance, counsel, opinions and good sense of humor,” Campbell said.

Council member Nancy Kemnitzer said “Block’s perspective, perspective and energy really added to our deliberations here.”

Council member James Lynch said, “His energy, intelligence and commitment to doing it right and doing it the right way has greatly benefited our community.

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