Robles cites ‘personal health and life’ issues in MLT council resignation letter

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Michelle Robles

By Doug Petrowski

While not elaborating on specifics, former Mountlake Terrace City Councilperson Michelle Robles alluded to issues of “health and life” in her resignation letter released at the Monday, July 2 City Council meeting.

Robles submitted her resignation from the Mountlake Terrace City Council on June 28.

“It is with great regret and immense sadness that I resign my position on City Council, effective immediately,” the letter begins. “The circumstances of my personal health and life do not allow me to continue at this time.”

Mayor Jerry Smith elaborated on Robles’ resignation during the council meeting Monday, saying she was facing some challenges with her health and her personal life. “She’s got a lot of stress from her job.” Smith said. “She drives everyday down to Gig Harbor and back. She’s even thinking of relocating so that she wouldn’t have to do all that driving.”

Robles works as a staff pharmacist for Olympic Pharmacy-Healthcare Services in Gig Harbor.

Smith also mentioned how Robles enjoyed serving as a councilmember. “She really appreciated the time she had with us on the council,” he said. “She has been an asset.”

In her resignation letter, Robles didn’t rule out a return to public life. “I hope that in the future, when life has returned to a better balance that I will be able to return to a volunteer, board position, or perhaps to run for elected office again,” she wrote. Robles made similar comments in her resignation letter to the Snohomish County Health District, where she had been serving as vice chair.

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