San Luis Obispo City Manager Katie Lichtig announced today her resignation and plans to assume a assistant city manager position in Santa Monica. Lichtig’s last day working for the city of San Luis Obispo will be Sept. 27.
Santa Monica is a progressive Southern California beach community with a current budget of almost $775 million and an workforce of about 2,300 full time staff.
In April, Lichtig and Fire Chief Garret Olson both received fines for their participation in a video that allegedly sexually objectified firefighters. Lichtig received a $2,659 fine and Olson was fined $5,442.
In addition to allegations of sexism, members of the public have voiced concerns over her base salary of $230,464, and her total yearly compensation of $321,021.
Licthtig has also received criticism for rising staffing costs, as well as for high turnover of upper-level staff.
Mayor Heidi Harmon applauded Lichtig’s management in a press release.
“Katie has made countless contributions to our city during her time as our City Manager. I know I speak for the other City Council members, past and present, when I say that we appreciate all of Katie’s talents and accomplishments during her time as City Manager,” Harmon said.