Mendocino County CEO Tom Mitchell Finally Resigns (Updated)

February 9, 2010

Honorable Board of Supervisors
of Mendocino
501 Low Gap Road

, CA 95482

Dear Madam Chair and Members of the Board of Supervisors:

After much deliberation and thought I have decided to resign from my position as Chief Executive Officer effective March 9, 2010. This was not an easy decision to make but it is one that I believe to be in the best interests of both the County and my family.  I wish all of you well and much success in your future endeavors particularly with a very difficult budget process that is ahead of you.  I would also like to state that I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all County Department Heads.  Their work and dedication to this County is to be commended.

I will be out of the office beginning tomorrow but will be available by phone to assist with any issues that may arise in my absence.   Carmel Angelo will be in charge of the office during this time.

Very truly yours,

Tom Mitchell


…and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Fire safety requires that we clear out the deadwood.
Things are looking up. All power to the people!

And, please do not launch a nationwide search for a successor. We are saddled with illogical debts related to the firing of Mitchell’s predecessor (not to mention the sudden retirement our former Sheriff now living elsewhere who receives his full salary and health benefits to infinity). We might make it a requirement to hire a current resident of Mendocino County for the CAO position. That could help the local unemployment problem. Notice that Mitchell acknowledged department heads with not a word about working with the very Supervisors who have created this chaos. Surely the talent is here for a local hire, which by definition excludes Beltrami the political technocrat.

How is this handled in more functional counties?