CHICO, Calif. - Councilmember Scott Huber announced in a letter Monday that he is resigning from the Chico City Council effective immediately.
It follows his resignation from his Wyoming job last week after Huber said his employer was being targeted by paid ads from Citizens for a Safe Chico for employing him.
In his resignation letter, Huber said in part, "No one should be forced to choose between family and community, but that is precisely the situation that I have been placed in. My livelihood, in the form of a seasonal job that I relied upon to support my loved ones has been sabotaged."
Teri DuBose, president of the political action committee, said Citizens for a Safe Chico encouraged supporters to contact Huber asking him to resign from the council.
"We never encouraged anybody or asked them to call his employer,” DuBose said. “We completely disapprove with anybody that did that. That's not behavior that we condone."
Dubose went on to said that regardless, a member of the city council should be present, especially with big decisions coming up.
“I believe that the person that’s sitting on our city council should be living in our city," she said. "I believe he would not be representing us well, just physically and mentally here, to get us through some of the hardest times.”
This news of resignation came as a shock to some on the council, including Mayor Andrew Coolidge, who didn’t know about it until Action News Now called him Monday afternoon.
"Honestly I'm a little surprised by the news,” Coolidge explained. “It wasn't something I was expecting. I’ve worked with Scott pretty closely over the last six months. It wasn't something I thought would occur."
Councilmember Alex Brown also reacted, posting on Instagram saying she condemns these actions wholeheartedly and asks fellow councilmembers to do the same.
We reached out to Scott Huber but are working to hear back.