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Arroyo Grande Mayor Caren Ray addresses Jim Bergman's resignation as city manager

Posted at 4:51 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 03:01:07-04

Arroyo Grande Mayor Caren Ray took to Facebook to address Jim Bergman's resignation as city manager.

In a video, Mayor Ray said Bergman resigned on his own out of his own best interest, but could not elaborate on the reason behind his decision.

"I am grateful he left an organization that is firing on all cylinders. [Bergman] left us a solid set of directors, a direction to go forward during this really difficult time and we are going to continue to provide great service to the residents of Arroyo Grande," said Mayor Ray in a Facebook video.

She added that there was nothing 'terrible' that happened and nothing that Bergman did that would have caused the city council to take action.

"This was an individual decision and we respect Mr. Bergman's decision," said Mayor Ray.

Mayor Ray also asked community members to show public servants grace and kindness saying public figures are often unfairly scrutinized on social media.

She pleaded with viewers to stop "pointing fingers" and spreading rumors and instead show people love during this pandemic.

"They are all doing the best they can as human beings and they all deserve compassion," said Mayor Ray.

A special meeting was held Friday after City Manager Jim Bergman handed in his resignation on Thursday, April 30.

It's unknown at this time why Bergman suddenly resigned.

The council voted to appoint Public Works Director Bill Robeson to the position of Acting City Manager and Community Development Director Whitney McDonald was appointed Deputy Acting City Manager.

Both will begin in their new roles immediately.