Canyon Lake Mayor Larry Greene resigns


Due to the continuing and evolving medical condition of his wife, Mayor Larry Greene resigned on Tuesday. Photo provided by City of CL

In a letter delivered to City Manager Chris Mann and Deputy City Clerk Ana Sauseda on Monday, Aug. 19, Canyon Lake Mayor Larry Greene resigned his position as mayor and as a member of the City Council effective Tuesday, Aug. 20.

According to the letter, the resignation is due to the continuing and evolving medical condition of his wife Sparrow.

“I am her caregiver and responsible for her welfare and well-being,” said Mayor Greene. “At this time, her condition is unstable to the point that I cannot continue in my capacity with the City of Canyon Lake.  It has been my pleasure, honor and privilege to be a part of the Canyon Lake City Council, and to serve in the position of mayor.”

Greene was elected to a four-year term on the City Council at the Nov. 8, 2016, election.  He was appointed mayor by a vote of the City Council on Dec. 12, 2018.

At the next City Council Meeting on Sept. 4, the remaining members of the Council will decide how to fill the vacant seat.  Per the California Government Code, since the vacancy occurred during the second half of the mayor’s term, the Council may decide to either appoint a successor or to hold a special election.

The newly appointed or elected councilmember will hold office for the remainder of the unexpired term. The seat will appear on the ballot in conjunction with the next consolidated election, scheduled for Nov. 3, 2020.

Mayor Pro Tem Jordan Ehrenkranz will serve as acting mayor until the Sept. 4 City Council Meeting, at which time the Council will officially appoint a new mayor and mayor pro tem.