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.”