Morro Bay City manager loses bid for a new job

May 5, 2017

David Buckingham

Morro Bay City Manager David Buckingham was a finalists for the town manager position in Vail, Colorado. However, 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.

Last year, Buckingham applied for the city manager position for Whitefish, Montana.

Buckingham said he applied for the position of city manager in Whitefish, Montana 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.


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CentralcoastRN

He should lead by example. Most SLO County residents are paid 20% under value. They are told by employers they are paid in sunshine and beautiful weather.


taxpayer

Don’t forget that this is the same guy that recently contracted for a salary survey that said he was “underpaid” by more than 20%! Watch this incompetent city council offer him more money.


mb business owner

very few will remember this, but mb did his recruitment by themselves – actually it was done by the interim city manager-ed kreins. also buckingham got the job after the 1st interview process yielded 0 fit candidates. christine johnson, noah smukler and jamie irons were the group that hired this manager. christine johnson, noan smuckler and jamie irons are also responsible for the current 167 million + sewer plant. remember the coastal commission only denied the 34 million dollar plant upgrade after being asked to deny it by christine johnson, noah smuckler and jamie irons. and to make it even more interesting, i see the city is asking for almost another million dollars for more consultant work on the 167 million sewer plant.


Myself

I would think any other city with a brain would do a full background investigation and not hire this guy, what track record he has sucks and has no experience as a manager. But that leaves us stuck with him,oh well him and jaime can finish flushing this city down the drain.


1965buick

Awww, poor thing!

Great smile, though!


Boldguy

I wonder if they looked at what a mess he’s made of Morro Bay and passed on the same thing happening to their fair City!!!

It would of been nice if Morro Bay had looked at his background and hired a more qualified candidate:(


Pelican1

The reality is, he has become a pariah, a hot potato so to speak due to his association with the City of Morro Bay and it’s anything but professional government. It’s commonly known among the governance community as the “Irons Curse.”


copperhead

Kind of like a boyfriend of one girl going after a hotter girl, and when she declines him, he returns to the girlfriend and proclaims his love.


This guy is as faithful as his options.


Cut his pay 10 percent every time he cheats on you morro bay.


rukidding

This decision should initiate the normal protocol for government. A large bonus, increased benefit package and a pay raise surely will be in order so that they can keep the best in hopes that they will not leave.


panflash

“This decision should initiate the normal protocol for government. A large bonus, increased benefit package and a pay raise surely will be in order so that they can keep the best in hopes that they will not leave.”


….. and, in the meantime, he’ll continue to chase after his “dream job”- anywhere but here.


Ricky2

Yeah, surely it’s time for a retention bonus. SLO did that after Lichtig applied for, and didn’t get, CM job in Santa Monica.