Edge’s job on the line
May 14, 2009
By KAREN VELIE
The County Board of Supervisors will evaluate whether to terminate County Administrative Officer David Edge at their next meeting on May 19.
Both Edge and Assistant County Administrative Officer Gail Wilcox are on paid administrative leave. A source told CalCoastNews the absences were due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Edge denied allegations that he had stepped down from his position. He went on to say he was not permitted to discuss the allegations of sexual harassment, according to a San Luis Obispo Tribune article.
Initially, when the board placed Wilcox and Edge on paid administrative leave, “Board of Supervisors Chairperson Bruce Gibson oversaw the operations of the Administrative Office, interfacing with the three remaining managers of its three internal units,” according to an e-mail from County Counsel Warren Jensen.
The day-to-day management of all other departments, currently under the direction of the department heads, has not been affected by the administrative absences of Edge and Wilcox, Jensen added.
On May 13, Health Agency Director Jeff Hamm took on the additional role of special liaison between Bruce Gibson and the Administrative Office.
“This is a temporary arrangement. At this point, it is impossible to predict how long this will continue,” Jensen said.