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Calexico's CDD director resigns, taking county job

June 11, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The director of the city Community Development Department here, Juan Verdugo, has resigned.

Verdugo gave notice to the city personnel department on Thursday.

He served as director of the department for the past year and spent seven years with the city.

Verdugo, a graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona, has accepted a position with the county Assessor's Office.

Roy Buckner, assistant assessor in the Assessor's Office, said Verdugo will be an appraiser for the real property division once officially hired.

"He'll be appraising property for tax purposes," Buckner said.

Councilman Javier Alatorre also works in the Assessor's Office. Buckner said the two won't be working in the same division because "Mr. Alatorre is an auditor in the personal property division."

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Alatorre said today the City Council hasn't formally discussed Verdugo's resignation but did say the city would most likely fill Verdugo's position by following the procedure it used to hire City Manager Richard Inman and Police Chief Tommy Tunson.

He said the position would be advertised, a committee would be formed to sift through the applicants and then the city manager would interview and hire a candidate from the choices the committee approves.

Alatorre added: "It's (Verdugo's resignation) going to have an impact because development is one of the main departments in the city. Some of the projects in the pipeline could experience a delay."

Before Verdugo assumed the duties of former Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Oscar Rodriquez, he had been a project manager for Calexico, according to City Clerk Lourdes Cordova.

"He did a lot of technical work in regard to the first-time homebuyer program and he also assisted with the business improvement district," Cordova said Friday.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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