Half Moon Bay Councilman Resigns

The Half Moon Bay City Council has an imminent vacancy on its hands. City Councilman Rick Kowalczyk, who formerly served two terms as mayor, has submitted his resignation effective June 8

"It's been my great honor to serve Half Moon Bay on the City Council for the past 8 ½ years,” Councilman Kowalczyk said. “Unfortunately, for some deeply personal reasons, I find that I need to step away from this role - it's the right decision for me, and for my family. I believe it's important to leave things better than we found them, and I hope the community agrees that Half Moon Bay is indeed a better place today, with our renewed economic vitality, new library, and other improvements. I did my best for our community, and I want to thank the people here for their support over the years."

Kowalczyk has served on the dais since 2009. He is the council’s representative for the Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) and the Cabrillo Unified School District. He works as a strategic planning and marketing consultant and is co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Latino Council.

"Rick's leadership and guidance, his tireless work around so many crucial City issues, and his unwavering dedication to the community of Half Moon Bay will be greatly missed on the City Council," said Mayor Deborah Penrose. "I'm truly grateful for his work during his years on the City Council, and I know he'll continue to be involved with helping our community in many ways in the future."

The council will discuss its options for filling the vacancy at a future date. Kowalczyk’s term expires at the end of this year.