Voice of OC - New Assistant CEO Named For Costa Mesa
In an entry today, HERE, Voice of OC Managing Editor Norberto Santana, Jr., announced that Supervisor John Moorlach's chief of staff, Rick Francis, has been selected as the new Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the City of Costa Mesa.
A STEP BACK?
This is an interesting turn of events since this move can only be viewed as a step backward in Francis' career path. Santana's report gives you his history, which is pretty darn impressive. However, if you stand on your tippy-toes and look a year into the future this move makes some sense.
PREAMBLE FOR MOORLACH?
You will recall that, a month ago, I speculated, HERE, that Moorlach might be a candidate for City Council in Costa Mesa. He's a resident of the city and is termed-out of his supervisorial job. He could run for Assembly in an already-crowded field that includes incumbent Allan Mansoor and Newport Beach councilwoman Leslie Daigle. His near-term future might, in fact, be in Costa Mesa.
MOORLACH AS MAYOR-FOR-LIFE?
Continuing the speculation, if Jim Righeimer and his cronies decide to push this Charter city initiative and are successful, it's very likely that it would appear on the June ballot with some VERY significant changes in our municipal government. For example, no term limits for council members and - get ready for this - a directly-elected mayor, also without term limits. That means that Moorlach might actually run for that slot and be on track to becoming king for life in our city. And wouldn't such a king need a strong, reliable right hand-man? You betcha! Hence, Rick Francis.
I don't know Rick Francis - wouldn't know him if I tripped over him. His reputation is solid according to all available reports. Santana tells us he's a pastor - was "Moorlach's personal pastor", is the way he put it. Nothing wrong with that - the way this city is going, a whole lot of divine intervention is going to be required in the years ahead.
NO OFFICIAL CITY WORD YET
According to Interim Communication Director Bill Lobdell this morning, Francis is still undergoing the background checking process. He did tell me that an announcement from the city is forthcoming a little later today. He didn't indicate what Francis will be paid, but it's likely going to be in the $180,000 range, plus benefits.