That precedent mentioned in an earlier post? Looks like it holds up.
Hayward City Manager Greg Jones will give up his position as the city’s top administrator to run for school board because of conflict of interest perceived by state Attorney General’s Office. Story in tomorrow’s Review, but here’s the letter that he sent to city staffers this afternoon:
As you likely know, I have recently been exploring the possibility of running for Hayward Unified School District board in November. Part of that exploration has included an evaluation as to whether my participation would create a legal conflict of interest due to my position as City Manager. Based on recent information provided by the State Attorney General, a previous decision on a similar situation indicates it does in fact create a legal conflict and that I cannot serve in both capacities.
With mixed emotions, I have decided that the condition of HUSD and the impacts the schools have on our overall community compel me to pursue the HUSD board position in November.
This is a very difficult decision for me, as I have grown to have deep respect and admiration for the employees of this organization. I believe that we have worked together to accomplish some incredible things for the community even during very difficult financial times. The passage of Measure A was the culmination of a great deal of work by many, many people, none more important than the men and women who serve the community on the front lines, day-in and day-out. The bargaining groups that have stepped up over and over again to help ensure our budget situation is manageable; the Council developing a clear set of five key priorities to focus resources; the improved connection we have with our citizens and neighborhoods and businesses; the development of a budget that identifies the real needs of the organization, even as we struggle to find the money to fund those needs; development of new leaders that have changed how we deliver services to the community; the list of great work could go on and on. We should all be very proud.
I will be working with the City Council over the next few weeks to determine how best to manage the transition. I will keep you posted on the transition plans as they become more clear. I know each of you will continue on the path of excellence, and that your passion and enthusiasm for the services we provide the community (the only reason we exist as an organization!) will further the efforts of the City.
The last two and a half years, while incredibly difficult, have also been incredibly fulfilling, thanks to you all. Thank you sincerely for your hard work, support, encouragement, and professionalism. I am quite certain that our paths will continue to not only cross, but converge, in what we need to get done as a community to continue its improvement.
Gregory T. Jones
City Manager, City of Hayward