Placerville City Councilman Dave Machado’s term of office has ended sooner than expected. On Tuesday, June 19, City Manager Cleve Morris received a letter of resignation from Machado. Machado’s term of office terminates at the end of this year, but the resignation is effective immediately.
In August, 2011, the former mayor was arrested for his actions regarding rental property owned on Broadway in Placerville. The property in question was partially burned in a structure fire in February in which the tenants narrowly escaped injury. The Placerville City Council voted to terminate his mayorship in August after his arrest and requested him to take a leave of absence from the council until his legal issues could be resolved, but Machado continued to serve as a city councilman until his resignation.
In October, Machado was indicted by the Grand Jury on five felony charges and two misdemeanors. His trial for perjury, conspiracy to commit a crime, obstructing an officer, destroying evidence and filing false documents begins on July 10, ironically a Placerville City Council meeting date.
According to a statement released by Morris, Machado gave his reasons for the resignation as being the challenges with conducting his business as a real estate investor/developer while fulfilling his duties as a councilmember. The letter of resignation specifically cited the remodel of Machado’s properties at 435, 437 and 439 Main Street as his latest project adding to the challenge.
The City Council will discuss the vacancy at its council meeting on July 10 and report on options for the vacant position.
“We express our appreciation to Mr. Machado for his contributions to the city and wish him well in the future,” stated the press release from the city. ” We look forward to putting the issues related to Mr. Machado’s legal problems behind us and continuing our work to make Placerville a great place to live.”
Machado has been a Placerville City Councilmember since his election in 2008 and is a member of the Placerville Downtown Association. He has served on a number of committees and projects for the city and was a member of the El Dorado County Planning Commission.
Morris declined to make further comment about the resignation and Machado was not available for comment.
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