Just weeks after running unopposed in the 2020 election and keeping his position as the mayor of Hughson, Jeramy Young announced his resignation on Nov. 23.
Young’s resignation signals the end of a decade of service to Hughson, where he was first elected to serve as a city councilman in August 2010 during a special recall election. After serving as the vice mayor from 2012 to 2016, he was shortly after appointed as mayor and has served in the office for the last four years.
Despite his re-election on Nov. 3, Young tendered his resignation during a city council meeting because of his promotion as Livermore’s police chief. Young had begun the testing process for the position before filing to run for mayor, but had not yet been offered the new position when he decided to file papers and place his name on the ballot. The incompatibility of the two positions resulted in his resignation, he said.
“The new demands of the job are inconsistent with me continuing as mayor,” Young said. “It’s with mixed emotions that I have to finish my term here and resign...I wish that I could continue with you all, but I know you’re in good hands.”
Young said two of his proudest accomplishments while in office are lowering sewer rates for Hughson residents by 20 percent and passing 10 balanced budgets which will leave the city in a good position to weather any incoming financial storms.
“It has been an honor to serve this wonderful community. I have been fortunate to work with excellent councilmembers, city staff and a very engaged community,” Young said. “I am confident the city is positioned well for the future. I want to thank my family and friends for all the support during my time as an elected official.”
During the meeting, Councilman Ramon Bawanan called Young’s announcement was “bad news for Hughson.”
“Mayor Young has been a vital and well-respected partner in the successes of the city of Hughson and our surrounding community. His leadership, attention to detail and his focus on fiscal responsibilities has benefited our city,” Bawanan said. “I wish him well in his future challenges and wish his family the best in their future endeavors. He will be missed.”
In his 10 years on the Council, Young represented Hughson on a number of committees, including League of California Cities, Stanislaus Council of Governments, West Turlock Sub-basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency, Hughson Economic Development Committee, Hughson Budget and Finance Sub-Committee, Stanislaus Economic and Workforce Alliance, Hughson School District 2+2 Committee and Successor Agency to the City of Hughson Redevelopment Agency.
“I had the privilege to work closely with Mayor Young as our chairman for the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) from 2018 to 2020. Although Mayor Young represented the smallest city out of the 10 jurisdictions involved in StanCOG, Mayor Young’s vision was much larger; he embodied a regional vision for our entire community and advocated for our community in Washington D.C. and in the state on transportation infrastructure matters. It has been a great pleasure working with Mayor Young,” said Rosa Park, executive director of StanCOG.
“Mayor Young has spent countless hours over 10 years devoted to the city of Hughson’s vision, ‘To preserve Hughson’s unique spirit, heritage and character, while creating an undeniably great place to be,’” said Stanislaus County District 2 Supervisor Vito Chiesa.
Young’s last council meeting will be Dec. 14, where the council will be discussing the process they will use to fill the mayoral vacancy. The Hughson City Council regularly meets the second and fourth Monday of the month (excluding holidays) and the Hughson Planning Commission meets the third Tuesday of the month. Meetings of the Hughson City Council and Hughson Planning Commission are held at City Hall, located at 7018 Pine Street in Hughson.