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Friday, July 22, 2005
Weatherwax, who was named administrator in 1998, did not attend last night's meeting and could not be reached for comment last night. On July 14 the commission voted unanimously to strip Weatherwax of his duties and review his job performance -- a task that has now become unnecessary.
Weatherwax will officially step down Oct. 31. Until then he will correspond with commission staff members from home as needed.
The administrator has taken heat on several fronts recently, most vocally from City Councilman Charles Djou. During Weatherwax's tenure:
"It was getting difficult to work with other agencies."
The City Council, for example, cut the commission's budget for the next fiscal year and has refused to entertain liquor license fee increases at least partly because of the agency's poor performance.
The commission's deputy corporation counsel, Duane Pang, said last night that he had received word from Weatherwax's lawyer Wednesday that the administrator was willing to step down and waive any right to sue the commission or file a grievance.
"He has agreed his presence is not effective for the (commission's) operations," Pang told commissioners at the meeting.
Djou, who has been calling for Weatherwax's resignation for two years, said he was happy to see the administrator go. But he also said he was disappointed that Weatherwax did not step down immediately, allowing the transition into a new administrator to take place more quickly.
There is no specific time line for finding a new administrator, but Enomoto is hopeful the commission will have Weatherwax replaced by the end of the year. Special assistant Anna Hirai has been named acting administrator.
Djou has also called for the resignation of John Carroll, the commission's chief investigator and second in command. Carroll could not be reached for comment last night, but has refused previous calls by Djou to step down.