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Rocklin City Council member Ruslin resigns; council to seek new member

Rocklin City Council Member Diana Ruslin will be leaving her post two years early, effective Saturday. Ruslin has been a resident of the city she “fought hard for” since 1999.
Rocklin City Council Member Diana Ruslin will be leaving her post two years early, effective Saturday. Ruslin has been a resident of the city she “fought hard for” since 1999. Rocklin City Manager’s Office

Rocklin City Council member Diana Ruslin is leaving her post two years early to relocate with her family to Georgia.

Ruslin’s resignation is effective Saturday.

The City Council will being accepting online applications Thursday in search of an appointee to serve the remainder of Ruslin’s term.

Ruslin, a Rocklin resident since 1999, was elected to the City Council in 2010 and served as mayor in 2013.

In her last address to the council Tuesday, she spoke about her priorities.

“Wife and mother is in pen and all the other titles are in pencil. … They’re in pencil for a reason because we all contribute and we leave the door open for someone else to participate. I’m really thankful the door was open for me,” Ruslin said.

Ruslin served on the Arts, Parks and Recreation Commission and Planning Commission, according to her biography on Rocklin’s website. Ruslin was also an active member of the early Quarry Park planning stages about five years ago, she said.

City Council member George Magnuson said Ruslin fought hard for the city and that he will miss Ruslin’s respect for his opinions. “We didn’t always agree but at least we discussed things,” Magnuson said.

Troy Holt, director of commerce and communications for the city, says applications will be available online Thursday through Aug. 23. Interviews will be held during the Sept. 14 special meeting and the new City Council member will be sworn into office at the Sept. 27 city council meeting.

The appointee will serve the remaining two years of Ruslin’s term, Holt said, adding that it is possible for the appointed person to have their name on November’s ballot, in which case they would resign the appointed position if elected and take the elected position.

All candidates must be at least 18 years old, a Rocklin resident and a registered voter.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @JesserPea

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