Concord city manager quits

Concord City Manager Lydia Du Borg has resigned from her $205,000 a year job, Times reporter Tanya Rose confirmed a few hours ago. (Click here to read Rose’s story.)

There’s been talk for weeks that some members of the City Council were dissatisfied with Du Borg, a 30-year employee of the city who took the top job about three years ago, over her management of city issues such as the Concord Naval Weapons Station and union contracts.

The council conducted her performance review recently in closed session and while no one is talking about what took took place, Du Borg is leaving rather than placing a renewal of her contract on the agenda for a vote.

City managers have precarious jobs, of course.

They are at-will employees who must cater to the often conflicting demands of politicians and residents while leading a diverse government operation under tight budget constraints. Du Borg’s predecessor, Ed James, was a master ringleader of this public circus and following in his footsteps would have been a tough job for anyone.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Resident

    Lisa – Would love to see an interview with City Council on this matter. I think that they have a responsibility to help the public understand what occurred behind closed doors. I feel badly for Lydia and her thirty years of commitment.

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  • resident

    Very sad day for Concord. sorry to see Lydia forced out. However, Ed James as the interim CMgr will at least keep the City on task to clean out the dead wood and to get the budget under control. Big question is how long will it take to find a replacement? or, will Ed James come back for longer than a few months?

  • The job of a political leaders seems “impossible”,
    they try to listen to as many ideas as possible
    but, can implement one.
    This means that every decision reduces their popularity and support.
    City Managers are at the needle tip of the most complex and contentious issues. Even if their own idea is the best one for a problem, if they push it too hard they are accused of being “pushy” and, if they sit back and let the debate continue, endlessly, they are accused of “lack of leadership.”
    We need to understand that a Democracy means that My Will may not be the will of the majority, therefore, the City Council must teach, that’s right, TEACH, all of us how to understand the issues and the implications of every option.
    Of course, that takes time and, who has time to listen?