Updated at 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

By Kristina Pritchett

City Manager Doug Chotkevys announced his resignation, effective Nov. 1, city officials said in a press release Tuesday night.

“The Dana Point City Council and City Manager Doug Chotkevys have come to a mutual agreement by which Mr. Chotkevys is announcing his retirement effective November 1, 2016,” read a statement from the city.

The statement indicates Chotkevys agreed to resign in lieu of termination.

A search for a City Manager is expected to begin shortly to allow for “a selection process that can occur sometime after the first of the year,” according to the statement.

During the transition, Assistant City Manager Mike Killebrew will serve as the Acting City Manager.

Chotkevys’ resignation was announced a month after the city hired Deputy City Manager Mark Denny, formerly the Chief Operating Officer for Orange County.

On Sept. 20, the city approved the creation of the role of Deputy City Manager/director of public works/director of community services.

At the Sept. 20 meeting, Chotkevys said he was planning to retire in the next two to three years.

“The Council and community have benefited over the years from Mr. Chotkevys’ work with various City Councils focused towards helping Dana Point evolve into a 5-Star destination resort town,” said Dana Point Mayor John Tomlinson in a statement.

Councilman Carlos Olvera said Chotkevys was very effective in getting the job done.

“His service of 15 years did what five previous city mangers in the same time couldn’t,” Olvera said.

Councilman Joe Muller said Chotkevys will be missed.

“I want to thank him for his years of service, and I’m thankful for everything he’s done,” Muller said. “I wish him well on his future endeavors.”

Chotkevys is leaving after 15 years of employment with the City.

“As I look back on the last 15 years, I am most proud of the City team that we have assembled,” said Chotkevys. “The Dana Point City staff is one of the most competent, capable and dedicated City teams in the State. I am proud to have been a part of that team and to have shared in their many successes.”

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comments (9)

  • Good riddance and take Patrick Munoz and Ursula Reynosa with you.

  • Clearly more is going on here. The OC Register story says he “agreed to resign” and has language in the agreement about resign in lieu of termination. In September, he says he’ll retire in two or three years, and now he’s gone with a week’s notice?

    You don’t need a “mutual agreement” to retire. You retire.

    Come on DP Times, tell us what really happened. At least quit using “retired” in the title.

    • Dana Point Dan: This article says,

      “The statement indicates Chotkevys agreed to resign in lieu of termination.”

      which should be reasonably clear.

      • Appreciate the note, Long-Time Resident, but in Dan’s defense, we updated the story with that bit of information after we independently confirmed it and after he wrote his comment!

  • Claire should resign and leave the city. Bye bye Claire!

    • Leave town now??? Are you kidding me it’s just getting good! Getting rid of Chotkevys is the first step and then watch Munoz and Luna Reynosa follow suit. Looking forward to a new council without the corruption that has existed for so long in this town so I’m not going anywhere, but you’re welcome (whoever you are) to go first.

  • “The Council and community have benefited over the years from Mr. Chotkevys’ work with various City Councils focused towards helping Dana Point evolve into a 5-Star destination resort town,” said Dana Point Mayor John Tomlinson in a statement

    Definitely more “council” than community on this one. “5-star destination resort town” So that is what’s really going on. Zero respect for families and the heart of Dana. Shame on this council and shame on Chotkevys for milking Dana Point for 15 years.

  • Spot on, Phillips! From where I sit with “the boys” at Donut World, that “5-star” deal only applies to certain parts of town. Chotskey and his Council buddies had 15 years to clean up my area and did nothing. Pretty hard to pound your chest about accomplishments if you look at the “1-star” areas!

  • Ok, am I the only one who smells a rat here? First, Chotkeyvs tells the Council he absolutely MUST have a Deputy City Manager in addition to his Assistant City Manager because he needs two people to be prepared to fill his big shoes when he retires in “two or three years”. No mention of any particular candidates, but 3 Councilmen (Schoaffel, Tomlinson and Olivera) go ahead and approve another high salaried position. (No one seemed worried that the City has added 20 new positions in the last 10 years, even though population has been stable, but who’s counting?)

    Then, 10 days later, Mark Denny , former COO from the County of Orange has suddenly taken an almost $100K salary cut to fulfill his life long dream of being a Deputy City Manager in Dana Point. Really?? Without any apparent notice to Council, this guy, who has a big cloud over his head from a past election fraud conviction and some current questions about unfair contracts to certain vendors (see article in Voice of OC https://voiceofoc.org/2016/09/high-ranking-county-executive-prepares-for-abrupt-departure/ ). Does anyone else think the Council smartened up and fired Doug for this smelly seeming hire?

    And now what? Will the Council keep Denny on? Will he somehow become the “ideal candidate” for City Manager and get his salary back to the $320K+ enjoyed by Doug C? Anything can happen in Dana Point, and you can bet it won’t be transparent to citizens. What IS that smell?? Stay tuned and watch closely.

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