As of yesterday morning, the word out on the street was that Steve Kozachik would try to move to fire Mike Letcher, but it would fail because Karin Uhlich would have Letcher’s back. Further, this word on the street said that there might be a motion to remove Letcher with an effective date closer to the election, but that that one would have a hard time passing because, yep, Uhlich has Letcher’s back.
That word on the street is always accurate.
One wag told me about a knowing glance thrown Uhlich’s way by Letcher after the vote. Hey, he goes into retirement with six months severance and Kozachik was denied the satisfaction of passing the motion to fire him. Maybe he did smile a bit.
NB: You may have noticed that the vote was not 7 – 0, but 6 – 0. The non-vote was Bob Walkup, who under our neutered mayor system has barely any authority over our city’s top bureaucrat. He isn’t allowed to vote on firings like this.
City Manager Mike Letcher has announced he will be resigning August of next year. I’ve uploaded his resignation letter for your perusal, but here’s a money paragraph:
Unfortunately, I cannot change the current political and media climate in this community that focus more on blame than resolution. I know now that I can only go so far in changing the organizational climate of the city that has not seen consistent City Management since Joel Valdez. I know that I will continue to find problems to fix that expose the city to public criticism. Based on these facts I am submitting my resignation as City Manager effective August 31, 2012. This will allow me to complete one more budget cycle and for the new Mayor and Council to start a thoughtful recruitment process to select the next City Manager.
I take it from reading the letter that Letcher won’t be able asking Steve Kozachik for free Wildcat basketball tickets.
There is a rumor of a big firing to come later today. I’ll try to run that one down for y’all before I name names and look like an idiot.