|Former Richmond Planning Director Barry
Cromartie "No Longer With The City [American Canyon]"
July 16, 2006
AmCan planning director 'no longer with the city'
By KERANA TODOROV, Register Staff Writer
Thursday, July 13, 2006 1:15 AM PDT
Barry Cromartie, American Canyon's planning director for about a
year, is no longer a city employee.
Planning director departs American Canyon, reason unknown
By DAN JUDGE, Times-Herald staff writer
AMERICAN CANYON - The turmoil at City Hall grew Wednesday with the confirmation that Planning Director Barry Cromartie is no longer employed by the city.
Citing confidentiality laws, city officials declined to say if Cromartie resigned or was fired.
"I just got the notice he is leaving and we're going to have to look for a new planning director," Mayor Cecil Shaver said.
Human Resources Director Bronda Silva would only confirm that Cromartie left city employment on Tuesday, a little more than a year after being hired from the city of Richmond.
Cromartie did not return telephone calls for comment on Wednesday.
The planning director's departure is just the latest blow to a depleted city management team.
Longtime City Manager Mark Joseph resigned in December and Finance Director Elizabeth Wessman-McGee died from cancer in March, leaving those posts to be temporarily filled by interim department heads.
Adding to the upheaval was the resignation of Vice Mayor Lori Luporini in February, who was finally replaced in the June primary by the election of Joan Bennett to the council.
Silva said it is not yet known if the city will hire an interim planning director or start to immediately recruit a permanent replacement for Cromartie.
"With this just happening yesterday, obviously we don't have a feel for that yet," she said.
The mayor said it is hard to determine the impact Cromartie's departure might have on a number of city projects.
Shaver noted that several of them - including the town center, the Oat Hill development area and general plan update - are actually being "farmed out" to consultants.
"I don't know what effect it's going to have on other projects or day-to-day operations," he said. "We're going to have to do a lot of recruiting, I guess."
Vice Mayor Leon Garcia would not discuss the status of Cromartie's employment but said he did not expect any difficulties.
"I don't anticipate there to be a problem in any department if an employee is no longer there," he said. "The process is to find an interim for planning or any department."
The city hired Cromartie in 2005 after a three-year search to find a permanent replacement for former Planning Director Chris Gustin who resigned in 2002 to take a job in Vacaville.
Before taking the American Canyon post, Cromartie headed up Richmond's planning department for three years. Prior to that he served a brief stint in Tracy and roughly a decade in Emeryville.