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Awaiting job cut, mayor's top aide returns to Alaska
By Tanya Sierra
February 3, 2009
Mayor Cheryl Cox's chief of staff quietly quit late last month, two months after council members questioned his consulting work for his previous employer and after voting to eliminate his position to cut costs.
Dan Forster, who was the mayor's chief of staff since December 2006, is taking a job with the North Slope Borough – the government agency in Alaska where he worked before coming to Chula Vista...
Last year City Council members questioned whether Forster should have been performing consulting work from his City Hall office. He billed for some of the work and he said some was a professional courtesy to another government agency.
Records show he sent and received e-mails related to his consulting from his city office. When details became public, Cox defended Forster's consulting work, saying he was a good employee who was always there when she needed him.
In January, the council voted to eliminate Forster's position to cut costs, and he was expected to stay through the end of June. His last day was Jan. 23.
“I told the mayor back in October that I had to be actively looking for new employment,” Forster said. “If I would have needed to go through June, then funding would have been there for me.”
His new position is similar to his last position in Alaska – deputy director of planning.
“It's a great place to work,” Forster said. “I like the work, and I like the people.”
Cox did not return a call yesterday seeking comment...
February 3, 2009
U/T article: "Cox did not return a call yesterday seeking comment."
Smart move. After the quoted "bizarre" letter to the Chargers, Cheryl Cox has FINALLY learned an aged old political addage: Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought the fool, then to open it and remove all doubt."