Oceanside city manager’s resignation comes as surprise

OCEANSIDE — City Manager Peter Weiss announced his resignation during the City Council meeting on Aug. 21. 

He stated that his resignation would be effective Dec. 27, “in consideration of what’s best for the Council and community.”

The December date gives the present City Council time to go through the process to search and appoint a new city manager before the next City Council elections.

City Council members said the news of Weiss’ resignation came as a shock.

Weiss has worked for the city for 27 years, first as a city engineer, then director of public works and seven years as city manager.

Both Mayor Jim Wood and Councilwoman Esther Sanchez gave Weiss kudos for working with a City Council that has consistently had a contentious two-three vote split on issues through election cycles.

As city manager Weiss has been tasked with finding a middle ground for council members by suggesting word changes or modifications to public hearing items that satisfy all council members.

“He survived seven years of us,” Sanchez said.

Wood, who is beginning his campaign for district five County Supervisor in September, said prior to Weiss’ announcement that the conflicts between council members might have pushed Weiss to resign.

“He may have had enough of us,” Wood said.

Sanchez went on to praise Weiss for putting in long hours as public works director and city manager to get the job done. She also complimented him on his city leadership.

“He’s done it in a way that’s respectful to us, the community and residents,” Sanchez said. “He’s an exceptional and wonderful person. He deserves to go to the next step.”

Weiss expressed appreciation to City Council and city staff, and satisfaction with achieving a balanced budget and current budget surplus.

“I thank staff for getting us to where we are and the confidence you’ve shown in me,” Weiss said.

In a memorandum he sent to the mayor and City Council on Aug. 17, Weiss wrote about the great opportunities the city provided him and unprecedented economic challenges the city faced over the past few years.

“We have been successful in meeting those challenges,” Weiss said. “We all recognize that difficult times are still ahead. I believe the stage has been set to meet those challenges without sacrificing services to the community.”

He also thanked City Council and city staff for their service and dedication.

“I am proud to have been a part of the positive changes we made over the years,” Weiss said.

Weiss did not disclose his future plans or potential job opportunities.

In his council report Councilman Jack Feller thanked Weiss again for his service as public works director and city manager.

“We owe a great debt of gratitude to the public works sector,” Feller said. “They try to make this city the best in North County, the best in the county, the best in the state, and I think we are. That’s a tribute to public works.”

Following Weiss’ resignation statement the City Council and chamber audience stood and applauded Weiss for the job he has done as city manager.

 

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