Santa Ana -- July 12,
1995. It is with considerable personal regret, I have
today submitted my resignation to the Chairman of the
Board of Supervisors effective July 31, 1995.
This decision is based on recent actions by the Board
of Supervisors to reinvolve themselves in details of the
County's administration and management of the County's
bankruptcy crisis. The termination date of July 31, 1995
reflects the Supervisors stated objective of replacing
the C.E.O. with a position of less clear authority and
responsibility by month end. As elected Supervisors, they
have the prerogative to take such action. However, the
reinvolvement of the Board in day-to-day operation is,
in my opinion, a return to the management structure which
existed prior to the creation of a C.E.O. and will not
allow me or my successor to do the job that is needed
to be accomplished.
Their renewed involvement in the County's administration
saddens me, as a citizen, for I feel it does not serve
the residents of this County well.
I wish to thank the people of Orange County for this opportunity
to serve them -- serving their best interests has always
been my foremost objective.
There are too many others for me to thank them all at
this time, but I'll try to do so soon.
I must, however, thank Marian Bergeson, Bill Steiner,
Brad Gates, Tom Uram, Mike Capizzi and the Volunteer Executive
Team (V.E.T.s), who have been such a pleasure to work
Thanks also to the employees of Orange County who have
made many sacrifices during these terrible times.
I most sincerely wish the County well; this wonderful
community has long been my home and will remain so.