Rood reconsidering resignation

June 20, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — City Attorney Michael Rood might not step down July 6 as he had announced two weeks ago.

He said Wednesday, "(The council) asked me if I would reconsider and I said yes but the relationship would have to be clarified."

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, the council did not give direction to City Manager Richard Inman to send out a request for proposals for attorney's services as the council had said it would at an earlier meeting.

The line item on Tuesday's agenda that would have allowed the council to take that action was removed before the meeting.


Rood said his reconsideration is conditional until he has further private discussions with Inman and/or the council.

Depending on when those discussions occur the city could have a hard time publishing requests for services to find a city attorney if Rood does decide to resign July 6 and concentrate on his private practice.

Rood said there is no need for the council to worry about that scenario, though.

"I'm not going to leave the city in the lurch," he said.

Rood announced his resignation June 6, effective July 6, after members of the City Council said during the June 4 council meeting that the price the city had been paying in consulting fees has been too high.

Councilman David Ouzan said Wednesday that he hopes Rood sticks around, that he wouldn't accept Rood's resignation.

"We would have to vote on it and I don't accept it!" he said.

Ouzan said Rood is a professional man who has saved the city lots of money by not getting it mired in sticky lawsuits.

"He knows the book," Ouzan said.

Ouzan was the first councilman to ask Rood to stay on after he announced his intention to resign, asking him during the June 11 Redevelopment Agency meeting.

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