Earlier this week, to the surprise of friends and colleagues, City Mayor Dave Caretto announced his early retirement from service as Councilman, and Mayor of the City Big Bear Lake.

In a letter to Erica Stephenson he wrote:  

  Takes Early Retirement 

“Dear City Clerk,      

As I believe you are aware, it has been my distinct pleasure and honor to serve the Big Bear Lake community on the City Council and as Mayor during the last 11 years. However, due to my recent, serious and very unexpected medical issue which has required a long hospitalization and surgery, I now find it essentially impossible for me to continue to serve the community in a way that I believe it deserves. Therefore, due to these medical issues, other family medical issues, financial considerations, a desire to downsize, and a recent and continuing need to visit family and our very new granddaughter, I hereby submit my resignation from the City of Big Bear Lake City Council, effective on the close of the business day on Friday, June 18, 2021.
I would like to specifically thank all of the members of the Council that I have had the privilege of working with over the years and also to all of the wonderful City staff members who have treated me so well and made the City Council and its efforts look so good. I am very much indebted to all of those staff and community members who have made this City a place we can all be so proud of. To the managers and staff at the other agencies I have also been able to represent, I appreciate your service and commitment to our Big Bear Valley. I would be remiss, though, if I did not single out the two wonderful City Managers that I have worked with during my tenure on the Council, Mr. Jeff Mathieu and Mr. Frank Rush, both of who exemplify the highest values and abilities as City Managers.
Thank you, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further information or clarification.
With kindest regards,” 

Dave Caretto
A decision to replace the vacancy left by the Mayor, hasn't been determined by the City Council as Caretto’s term will expire November 2021. The Council will address this matter at an upcoming City Council Meeting.

An update on Mayor Dave Caretto’s resignation/retirement will appear as soon as it is released to Big Bear Lake NewsRoom.

Editor E T Russell