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Friday, March 4, 2011

Mayor Ed Lee Wants His Old Job Back, But Will He Get It?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Should he start perusing the job ads?
  • Should he start perusing the job ads?

Mayor Ed Lee could be getting screwed out of his old job as city administrator. The Examiner reports this morning that city supervisors withdrew a June ballot measure that would have allowed the interim mayor to resume his old title.

That is, if voters had approved it.

As it stands today, the mayor is not allowed to take a city job for one full year after leaving elected office.  But Lee took the position as interim mayor -- and a paycut -- on the condition that he could get his old job back when the term ended.

So city supervisors agreed to put a measure on the June ballot asking voters to allow Lee to resume his old title immediately after he vacated office as mayor.

But Supervisor John Avalos speculates that the measure wasn't polling well with voters.

And perhaps that's what prodded six city supervisors to sign off on a document this week, withdrawing the measure, thus leaving the future of Lee's career in a precarious state.

Instead, Lee's fate will be in the hands of city supervisors, who will decide whether to put him back on the city payroll after his term ends. And let's face it, he's more likely to get his job back this way than if it were strictly up to moody voters. 

Judson True, a legislative aide for Supervisor David Chiu tells the Ex that he fully expects the rule-change to sail through the legislative process.

And if not?

"It could always be placed on the November ballot," True said.

Which still won't guarantee Lee will get his job back.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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