Monday, December 5, 2022

Fort Bragg’s New City Manager John Ford Makes an Abrupt Exit Citing Family Stress

The following is a press release issued by the City of Fort Bragg:


John H. Ford of Humboldt County has requested release from his contract recently approved by the Fort Bragg City Council. Mr. Ford cited reasons of conflict in making the transition from his son’s middle school to Fort Bragg and his wife’s desire to remain where they are. Mr. Ford said, “This would place significant stress on my family and would not allow me to be as socially involved in the Fort Bragg community as the job mandates.” He goes on to further say, “This is a difficult realization for me. I love the community and was attracted by how cohesively the City Council works and by you as individuals. I am impressed with the staff I met and the impressive list of successful projects they have taken on. From my perspective, Fort Bragg is well run and has a bright future. Fort Bragg deserves a leader not torn between serving the community and needing to make every effort to be supportive of distant immediate family.”

“While we are all disappointed at the loss of Mr. Ford as our next City Manager, we understand the priority of family first and the need to follow priorities in this situation,” said Mayor Bernie Norvell. The City will move onward and forward in a positive direction.

In other news, the City has selected a new Police Chief and we hope to make that
announcement very shortly

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2 COMMENTS

    • Ya they did! Does he get to slide right back to his old job? Humbo gov makes mendo look good, and that ain’t sayin much 🤦‍♂️

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