Wednesday, October 20, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Roeder Announces Retirement!

The City of Costa Mesa sent out a press release this afternoon announcing the retirement of City Manager Allan Roeder. The text of that press release follows:

October 20, 2010

Costa Mesa, California

City Manager Allan Roeder Announces Retirement
City Manager Allan Roeder has informed the City Council that he plans to retire from the City of Costa Mesa in March of 2011. This will provide sufficient time for a smooth transition for the City Council, the organization and the community. His official last day of service will be determined in the next few months.

City Manager Roeder has had an incredibly productive and rewarding career, culminating with his devoted service as City Manager in Costa Mesa for the past 25 years. He served in several different capacities for the City prior to becoming City Manager including four years in the City’s Public Services Department - a total of over thirty five years of service to the community of Costa Mesa.

“It is humbling to have been part of such a dedicated and talented team of employees over the many years.” “With the guidance and leadership of the current Council and the many former City Councils, we have together worked with the community to achieve numerous successes that are now a part of the fabric of Costa Mesa.” “I am honored to have served the people of Costa Mesa and with my wife Christie, we hope to remain a member of the community for many years to come.” “I have so many people to thank for their support and friendship.”
Mayor Allan Mansoor, stated that “Allan has been the corner stone for the foundation that is our city government in Costa Mesa. His leadership, knowledge and truly dedicated service is appreciated so deeply by all of Costa Mesa.” “On behalf of the entire City Council we thank him for all that he has done for our community.”

For further information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (714) 754-5328.

In my view, this is one of those good news/bad news situations. The good news is that our city has benefited by Roeder's steady hand at the helm for three decades. The bad news is that he's going to turn loose that grip in a few months.


I'm sure there will be much more to say about this in the next few months. Personally, I admire Roeder as a manager and a human being almost more than I can state here. Imagine trying to keep the city on an even keel while training a new crop of council members ever couple years! Imagine trying to deal with the capriciousness of the Eric Bever's of the world. Or managing Chris Steel for four years!

The past couple years have been very stressful for everyone in city government but I suspect Roeder felt it more strongly than anyone else. In addition to the ongoing budget crisis he's also had to deal with the Fairgrounds sale debacle.

I'm grateful for the time we've had with him and for the dedicated service he has provided to the City and all it's residents. We wish him all the best in the future.



Anonymous Vicki said...

This comes from the bottom of my heart.

Anyone who lies down with dogs, will get up with fleas. It is no wonder that Allan Roeder picked today to retire!

You don't invite a developer to your "fairgrounds party" without expecting to be stabbed in the back. Too bad the taxpayers, once again, get stuck with the bill.

10/20/2010 04:34:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Ok Geoff....You leave for a little vacation and the whole city falls apart.....

10/20/2010 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Gericault, tell me about it! I leave you in charge and what happens? We have a "stink eye" investigation, the Fairgrounds is sold and Roeder announces his retirement! :-) Actually, the vacation wasn't all that great, either - but that's another story..

10/21/2010 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Although mcevoy is not running on a pro-marijuana platform, if he does use, he will probably keep the pot shops open. That means more crime and more potheads driving on our streets. BTW, there are 2 pot shops open right now on Costa Mesa's eastside.

10/21/2010 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

Hey Geoff, were you really on vacation or looking for somewhere else to hang you hat? Wouldn't blame you if that was the case. "Get while the gettings good!"

Steve, McEvoy's a teacher. If he were doing any drugs the random drug testing teachers are required to perform would show him to be using.

Long hair and a beard doesn't make him a "Doper". I bet if you see a black man walking in you neighborhood you think he's there to rob, rape or mulest someone; what about the Mexican driving an old truck down your street, is he there to steal something or just do your neighbors yard work?

Chris has always said that he would only uphold the "State Laws" in regards to MaryJane; he NEVER said he was for the Pot-Shops in our city.

Get over yourself, move on, there are bigger, more important issues facing this city than your petty biases.

10/21/2010 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

OCLonghair, nope, I was, indeed, on a little mini-vacation, which included lots of rain and returning with a nasty cold. Some fun!

Thanks for setting Steve, and the record on McEvoy's position on pot, straight. You realize, of course, that Steve and his pals don't really care about the truth of the issue - they're just trying to deflect votes from him with lies.

10/21/2010 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Don't like any of the candidates said...

Steve, don't waste your time on McEvoy. I heard he lives at home with his parents. I know he doesn't own a home and isn't married with kids, which is why he won't have my vote. Righemer, although wounded a bit by some PD thrashing, will be elected. West knows that. It won't be by much, but he will get in. The important thing is that both Righemer and the PD have to mend their feud so we can all move forward on to bigger issues in the City.

10/21/2010 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Nathan Daniels said...

Steve, there are more than 2 (pot shops) on the east side and there is approx 13-15 city wide and yet we had a decrease in crime. Hmmmm...

10/21/2010 03:28:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

wow not voting for McEvoy because he doesn't own his home... Lst time I checked nobody owns their home unless they have lived in it for about 30 years without refinancing etc. Righeimer doesn't own his home either. Get a clue.
To me this sounds like the Righeimer camp is losing... Dare I say he has fallen behind McEvoy in the polls? Uh oh Jimmy, better call another press conference and start another scandal about nothing.

10/21/2010 05:00:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

jim, as a matter of fact, MOST Costa Mesans do not own their homes - they are renters. Included in that group is our lame-duck mayor, Allan Mansoor, who apparently sold his home a few years ago because he didn't like the noise of food vendors in his neighborhood.

You observation about Righeimer creating another 'scandal' is interesting... we can almost feel the panic as the election nears. Watch for some last minute smears against McEvoy during the next 10 days.

10/21/2010 05:09:00 PM  

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