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By Beryl Turner, Citrus Heights–
[RE: Citrus Heights city manager announces retirement; May 14th] Just discovered news of the Citrus Heights City Manager’s retirement on May 11. That was sudden, but not surprising. I feel he quit (jumped ship), unable to handle the city’s financial problems that he was partially responsible for and was unable to manage.
When he took over from Henry Tingle, his predecessor, I had high hopes for Manager Chris Boyd who was previously our police chief, but have been disappointed in his running of the city for some time.
When he took over as manager, the city was financially secure with millions in reserve. Now the city is in debt; cannot meet their unrealistic budgets; and has many employees earning over $100k annually. Also, a fat part of the General Fund goes to the Police Department. No wonder the city can’t balance their budgets.
This is a small city. It shouldn’t be that difficult to manage. I hope they hire someone (male or female) to fill this position that has successfully run a city like ours.
Saddened to hear Chris Boyd retiring from city manager. There were areas with disagreement, however he has done a wonderful job. Chris, you will be missed. Warm wishes for you and family!
-Tamara Paraker, Orangevale/Citrus Heights
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