Fresno City Manager Andy Souza to Resign

December 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Fresno City Manager Andy Souza announced his resignation, after more than two decades at Fresno City Hall. Souza has been serving as city manager for five years and his contract ended when former Mayor Autry left office in January.Mayor Ashley Swearengin is in the process of conducting a nationwide search for the position, and invited Souza to apply. He said he had been participating in the interview process, but then decided it was time to move on. Both he and the mayor insist he wasn't forced out.

Mayor Swearengin said, "We certainly wish him well ... but he's made it known that he's not going to be in the search for the permanent position that I'll be hiring in the next month or two. He's really served the city well but I think he's ready to move on and try something different."

"I have tremendous respect for Mayor Swearengin, and Mayor Autry, and even Patterson before that. It's been a good run, but now I think it's time now to look at other career opportunities and things that hold out there in the future," said Souza.

Souza's resignation will take effect in January. He has been a Fresno city employee for 24 years. Meanwhile, Swearengin says she plans to name his replacement within the next 30 to 45 days.


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