Morro Bay City Manager David Buckingham resigns

May 12, 2017

David Buckingham

Amid anger over his continuing job hunt, Morro Bay City Manager David Buckingham today announced plans to resign. His last day is slated to be June 26.

“The city council appreciates all that Dave has done for Morro Bay,” Mayor Jamie Irons said. “He has had a significant, positive impact on our community, staff and the city over the past three years.”

Earlier this month, Buckingham was one of two finalists for the town manager position in Vail, Colorado. In the end, the Vail Town Council decided to reopen the selection process.

Information that Buckingham had applied for the town manager position in Vail became public less than three months after Buckingham said he planned to remain on the Central Coast.

Late last year, Buckingham applied for the city manager position in Whitefish, Montana.

Buckingham said he applied for the position of city manager in Whitefish after several Morro Bay Council candidates ran on a platform of getting rid of him. Neither of Buckingham’s detractors won a seat on the council.

After another candidate was hired in Whitefish, Buckingham said he and his family love the Central Coast, and he would be quite happy serving Morro Bay for the next five to 15 years. He then applied for the Vail manager position.

Buckingham began working in Morro Bay in Sept. 2014, shortly after he lost both an Army command position he held and a city administrator job he had sought.

Kaiser Bill

This guy really sounds like an elitist snob. Vail or Whitefish, Trust Funder ski resorts, as if Morro Bay wasn’t good enough for him.


Like the old joke, why is divorce so expensive, because it’s worth it!!!

Whatever it costs to get rid of King Buckingham, is cheap at 10 times the cost!!!

The damage and devastation he leaves in his wake will take decades to repair, if ever:(

I could see Morro Bay going bankrupt and be taken back by the County in receivership:(


Who didn’t see this coming????? Iron’s remains at the helm of a ship of fools as the seas are getting more treacherous.


Another government give away. This story says that he resigned. KSBY reports that he will getting a severance package of 6 months pay of his $160,000 salary. Now why in the world would Morro Bay pay $80,000 to someone who just resigns from their job?

I guess we will all tune in later for, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story.


The Rest of the Story is…. That’s the government way, leave, quit, steal, or commit crimes and get a raise, promotion or severance package, but the gifts are only starting, the real gift is the pension from a broke system on the taxpayers backs

Jorge Estrada

Why would someone resign for that job at that age in life? I’d have better mirrors placed in the council restrooms so the complainers can have meaningful one on one.


“Why would someone resign for that job at that age in life?”

Well, maybe because the SLO County Administrator just announced his resignation yesterday, and this gives Buckingham the opportunity to move over to SLO County for an even bigger salary and benefit package without even having to move his residence?

Regardless, for the citizens in Morro Bay who are tempted to celebrate this resignation, keep in mind that the present Council will hire the next city manager too, and Heaven only knows who they will bring in. There is the distinct possibility (maybe even probability) that the next city manager will be even worse.

Good luck with that.

Jorge Estrada

Conservative and fiscally responsible? The current Board will have their work ahead of them.


Sounds like he spent most of his time applying for jobs… and not serving Morro Bay. But… that’s close enough for government work!


The only problem is his replacement with be hired at the same salary of likely even higher, it’s the government way, even if you have no experience at the job, just look at the new city manager in AG.


This is such good for MB. How about gettiing rid of King Irons and his henchman Pannone !!!

Kevin Rice


Second gift today (Buckshi is #1).

Katie Lichtig? Please!


And City Attorney Derich and HR Director Irons !!! Think how much money the City would save on competent employees and no need for consultants.


Two Buck’s chucked.


“Two Buck’s chucked.”

Took me a moment, but then yeah- I got it. Good one, Julie.