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King City Mayor resigns from council

Chuck Faes, who has served as mayor of King City since the beginning of 2005, is leaving to seek treatment for cancer
by: Bob Schoenberg, Mayor of King City Chuck Faes

The Mayor of King City, Chuck Faes is telling friends and city officials that he will be stepping down from the council and from his position as mayor at the first council meeting in September due to illness.

The one term mayor and long time volunteer with the city, said he has cancer and needs to slow down his activities for now.

'I'm not just walking away from a job, that's not my way of doing things,' he said. 'It was one of those things where I was talking to my doctors and they recommended that I get out of stressful situations.'

Faes will soon begin chemotherapy treatments for the cancer, he explained, but surgery and radiation treatment was not an option because of where the cancer has settled.

'I'm going to whip it, I don't have any problems with that, but it is going to take time. I'm already seeing some of the problems, I'm tired all the time.'

The council members are all aware of his plans, and that he is waiting to resign until the first council meeting Sept. 6 because the president of the council, Ron Shay, who will be taking over for the mayor, is out of the country on vacation.

'I want to make sure the transition is smooth,' Faes said.

Faes was first appointed to the council in 2004 and then ran for election and won the seat in that fall's ballot. In January 2005 he was elected by the council to serve as mayor for two years, with the term due to end in December 2006.

He did say this summer, before he knew about the illness, that he would not be running for council this fall.

Since moving to King City with his wife Nancy, Faes has served on the King City Planning Commission. 'And I've been on the budget committee almost every year since we moved here,' he said. 'I've given a piece of myself to King City. I feel it is part of being a citizen to get involved with your community and if you got something to give you give.'

Faes has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for 20 years and 10 years as a member of the Board of Governors for Shriner's Hospital for Children. He has also played percussion in the Al Kadar bands.

'I've been involved in volunteer activities almost all of my adult life. No glory there though, quiet honestly, but you come home and have a sense of doing good. And that's kind of how I felt about the city. There were times when things were very, very frustrating. The other side of the coin is that it's a lot of fun, lots of great people to work with.'