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Hayward city manager leaving post for board run

By Eric Kurhi
Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 7:40 pm in Uncategorized.

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:

Hello, All.

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.

Regards,

Gregory T. Jones
City Manager, City of Hayward

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  • Justwatching

    Oh well !!!!!!

  • Mark Welch

    I’m astonished that someone would leave a position that is so important, to seek a position which seems to be largely ceremonial, in a school district which will likely be taken over by the state (stripping all power from the school board).

    I’d love to hear what Greg Jones (and Anna May) believe they could do to change the direction of the Hayward Unified School District.

  • Cheryl

    I’m confused myself. I have not been able to wrap my head around why Mr. Jones would give up a high paying, successful career for a part-time position with a small stipend. It is not the normal career choice. Plus there is no guarentee that he will win the election. What’s going on?

  • John Kyle

    What isgoing on?

    sEE #2 AND # 3 ABOVE AS WELL AS ELSEWHERE IN THE HAYWORD BLOG…….

    Well folks, it seems we may have lost THE thing which is called ‘concern for the community’ as well as the kids, in a situation which calls for personal sacrifice. SO WHEN MR. JONES MAKES A SACRIFICE…. HE MIGHT HAVE RESPONDED TO CONSCIENCE….. WHICH MANY OF US LACK!

    Had that idea been a bit more pervasive through out the total community, we might not find ourselves living in a school district which is so poor in reputation that we all suffer loss in the value of our homes; compound that with the loss in value due to the bank foreclosure problem.( CLEARLY A LACK OF CONSCINECE AMONG CERTAIN BANK FINACIAL ISTITUTION LEADERS.

    The way out? A town hall meeting at which negative thoughts are taboo; we must all put our collective heads tooether and seek exploration of positive thoughts, in a grass roots effort to see improvement in schools.

    Perhaps a few volunteers in such ad hoc groups as are neceesary to see sufficient numbers of folk involved.

    Fot starters…. how about a ‘sports and promotion’ ad hoc group or ‘commission’ self charged with the thought that money can be raised to assure continuation of the Schhol kids involvement with athletic leagues…. saving the budget a fairly good sum?
    Or, can the money be raised by such diverse activity as Christmas tree sales or hole in one contest?
    Can we talk ourselves into a parcel tax sufficient to raise about $4,000,000 to aid the budget….; that sum could be raised with a parcel tax of around $OO EACH HOSEHOLD, if we LIMITED ourselves with parcel tax of around $100 per year. For three or four years.

    Another thing… did you know that with an absenteeism rate of 7% at just the high school level, we lose about $1,000,000 + ‘hOOKEY MEANS LOSS OF AVERAGE DAILY ATTENBDENCE MONEY!

    WHERE IS PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY INVOLVED IN OUR TWIN MONEY LOSERS….TRANSIEMNCE AND ABSENTEEISM? WOULD YOU JOIN AN AD HOC GROUP WILLING TO ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM IF ONE WERE CREATED?

    Think positive…. remember POGO the cartoon strip where the main character frequently used the expression…. “we have met the enemy and they is us!”

    STOP COMPLAINING… PRESS FOR A ‘TOWN HALL MEETING’ AT WHICH WE CAN SORT THINGS OUT AMONG OURSELVES AND VOLUNTEER IN AREAS AT WHICH OUR INDIVIDUAL TALENTS ARE BEST UTILIZED.

    SURE, SOME OF US HAVE NO CHILDREN IN husd SCHOOLS…. WHY DOES THAT RELIEVE US OF RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY? BE RATIONAL IN YOUR ANALYSIS… DO NOT COMPLAIN IF YOUR FAILURE TO VOLUNTEER IS PART OF COLLECTIVE PROBLEM IN THIS COMMUNITY!!

  • Mark Welch

    The concepts of community concern and community service aren’t at issue in my confusion. Instead, I don’t understand how Mr. Jones would come to believe that he could have a more powerful positive impact on the community by running for school board and giving up his position as City Manager. Maybe there’s more going on here — maybe he simply wants to wind down toward retirement while continuing to contribute to the community. Or maybe he really believes that he can make more of a difference by serving on the school board. That’s why I said I’d love to hear what he has to say about this.

  • John Kyle

    mARK,

    HE DID NOY APPLY FOR THE TEMPORARY INFILL SINCE IT WAS UNCERTAIN…THAT HE MIGHT VIOLATE THE IMAGINED CONFLICT OF INTEREST.. HE DECIDED TO GIVE UP THE JOB…. A TALENT SUCH AS HIS WILL BE SOUGHT AFTER AND i’D BET THAT HE WILL HAVE A JOB SUITABLE FOR SUPPORT SINCE THE TRUSTEES ARE GIVEN AN INSULTING AMOUNT OF MONEY AS A TITHE. ASK THEM HOW THAT EQUATES TO HOURLY WAGE.

    BE GLAD THAT WE ARE TO BE RECIPIENTS OF HIS TALENT.

    yOU QUESTION HIS MOTIVES? GEEZ, IF THAT AIN’T WHAT I COMPLAIN ABOUT MOST. WE CHALLENGE WITHOUT REAL RATIONALE. SAVE YOUR QUESTIONS BUT ASK THEM OPENLY AT THE VARIOUS CANDIDATE NIGHTS SOON TO BE HELD ON THE SUBJECT OF TRUSTEE ELECTIONS.

  • Bill Wilson

    The guy is a self serving self centered loser. Quitting his position as City Manager in the midst of a budget crisis after just two years.His whole motive is not the HUSD. It is his new commitment to Anna May…Get real

  • John Kyle

    Mr.Wilson,
    Your remark is nasty and unwarranted!

  • John Kyle

    Bill wilson, you are just plain nasty! A character assassin in your umbrage at Mr. Jones audacity!

    What, I dare say has been,the sum total of your effort to aid HUSD?

    I think you to be a cheapshot artist in your dumb crack about Ms. May!

    You cad!

    Shame on you!

  • Yick Wo

    I think you owe Mr. Wilson an apology. The funny thing is that we’ve seen the two of them together for MONTHS, but now that the former City Manager has moved in with the Councilwoman, will you now acknowledge they are a couple? Don’t believe me, check your Rotary directory…

  • John W. Kyle

    I do not have a rotary dierctory nor do I have interest in pursui8ng this discussiopn with gossip mongers who if the truth were known, would not be personally be identifi8ed as free from crticism.

    I will pass your two names along to known members of Rotary for their own research of your qualification of membership.

    Is that a service club or a bunch of elderly, cruel gossips possessing limited intellect?

    If the address they use is in truth that of a dwelling unit, perhaps they use it as an office?

  • Fernando Hernandez

    Yick Wo and Mr. Wilson:

    Why do we care if they are a couple? (if they are!, I certainly don’t know or care…)

    Why are you not raising issue of their ideas and/ or qualifications?

    I have not necessarily agreed with everything that has gone on under Mr. Jones’ administration of the city, but I must say some of these disagreements have to do with Mr. Jones’ following our City Council’s guidance.

    In any case, I think we are lucky he has stepped forward, as has Mr. Armas, to serve in this position.

    Fernando

  • John W. Kyle

    I OWE NO APO0L;OGY TO ANYONE WHO SUGGESTS I9MPROPRIETY BETWEEN TWO ANNOUNCED CANDIDATES TO HUSD

    iF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT LOCAL POLITICS YOU KNOW THAT IT CAN BE QUITE EXPENSIVE IN TERMS OF COSTS FOR CAMPAIGN MATERIALS.
    iT CAN ALSO BE CHALLENGING IN TERMS OF THE PERCEPTION OF IGNORANT FOLKS SUCH AS THAT MAN WHO RAISED SUIGGESTIONS OF IMPROPRIETY BETwEEN mISS mAY AND MR.Jones.