Concord is abuzz today over rumors that ex-city manager Ed James will temporarily occupy the top management spot after the departure of city manager Lydia Du Borg later this month. Check out this post on www.claycord.com.
The City Council is not confirming or denying James’ return, says our Concord reporter Tanya Rose who put in a round of calls.
But if it’s true, it’s a good idea. A city the size of Concord needs someone at the helm and a familiar face will help ease tensions and keep the city off the rocks while the city searches for a new manager.
Du Borg resigned after the City Council delivered her performance review in closed session earlier this month. There had been talk for months that Du Borg and some members of the council were clashing on management style and policies. But since the announcement of resignation, the members of the City Council have offered little in the way of a plausible explanation for her departure other than a few weak platitudes.
The silence is not sitting too well with residents who have a lot of questions about the turnover at City Hall. In the past few months, the city has lost or will lose its top manager, deputy city manager, human resources director and two people working on the planning for the Concord Naval Weapons Station.