David Edge fired by supervisors
May 19, 2009
By DANIEL BLACKBURN
San Luis Obispo County’s top administrator, David Edge, was fired Tuesday afternoon by the Board of Supervisors following a week of speculation about his fate. Edge spoke to the board for 10 minutes before the vote, calling their decision “a foregone conclusion.”
Then the board voted 5-0 to terminate Edge “for no cause” as allowed by a contract Edge himself wrote.
Edge called for “an investigation” into the circumstances of his dismissal.
“We all know that this decision was made over a week ago in a closed session to which I was not invited,” he said. “While I would not have chosen to end my career this way… it’s not my choice to make. The board is executing its discretion. The timing of the item, however, combined with rather inaccurate leaks, intentional or otherwise, from closed session, is to say the least unfortunate.”
Edge referred to “extreme unpleasantness” he experienced because of “some blogs out there.” CalCoastNews broke the story last week about Edge being placed on paid administrative leave along with Assistant County Administrator Gail Wilcox.
“I have done nothing that I regret,” he said. “I simply acted as always with compassion and concern for employees struggling with huge personal stress.”