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Planning Commissioner and Former Mayor Retires After 38 Years

Eric Faith spent the last 38 years involved in Monrovia's municipal government and took part in his final planning commission meeting this week.

From the City Manager's weekly report:

Eric Faith began his service with the City of Monrovia in 1974, serving on the City Council for the first 10 years and going on to serve on the Planning Commission for the following 28 years!

From 1974-1984, Eric served on the Monrovia City Council. Taking his first elected position as Mayor, he became (at that time) the youngest Mayor in the State of California. In 1984, Eric was appointed to the Planning Commission and served tirelessly until his final Planning Commission meeting on June 13, 2012.

Eric’s service to the community cannot be overstated. When he came to office as an elected official in 1974, Monrovia was suffering from a downtown that was nearly vacant. Businesses could not get out of town fast enough. Change was needed and that change came in the form of a “team of three” who ran for City Council seats and won. Together they helped initiate the change that led to Monrovia becoming a City envied by many of the surrounding communities. In addition to Eric the “team of three” consisted of former Mayors Bob Bartlett and Pat Ostrye.

Both Bob and Pat were in attendance at Eric’s last meeting, each taking the podium to share a few fun and meaningful memories of their time as the “team of three.”  A letter from Steve Baker, City Treasurer and Monrovia City Historian, was read that elaborated on the impact Eric has had on the community. We ALL wish Eric the best. He leaves a very big void to fill.

Congratulations to Eric and a big thank you from the current and past City Employees who had the privilege to work with him.

--Monrovia City Manager Laurie Lile

Tom Adams June 14, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Eric and his wife Marty have given Monrovia more than most and we are better from their gift. Thanks to the entire Faith family for making Monrovia a lot better than they found it!
Candace Northrop June 15, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Many thanks to Eric and to Marty for their excellent service and dedication to the city of Monrovia.
Lorraine grindstaff June 16, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Monrovia owes a great debt of gratitude to Eric and those who worked with him to energize, rebuild and strengthen the City. Eric's vision, calm demeanor, wry sense of humor and respect for others made it possible for him to build coalitions to move forward even when tempers flared and opposing factions were squaring off. Eric is a unique and principled man who has always given his time and energy to his community without boast and without fanfare. He will be sorely missed.

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