Woodside's planning director resigns


Hope Sullivan, Woodside's planning director and assistant town manager, resigned effective June 26, said Town Manager Susan George.

Ms. George would not comment on the reasons for the departure of Ms. Sullivan, who had been with the town since January 2002 and on leave since the end of May. "She asked that we respect her privacy," Ms. George said.

A few months before Ms. Sullivan's promotion to assistant town manager in May 2007, the town staff had been reorganized to increase Ms. Sullivan's responsibility by having the development services engineer and the town geologist report to her.

Ms. George recently announced that the organization chart would be returning, more or less, to its earlier structure following a planned review of the reorganization. Ms. George said she had had no conversations with Ms. Sullivan on the topic.

A recruiter is on the job finding a replacement, a process that will likely take three or four months, Ms. George said. She said she plans to hire an interim planning director shortly.


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Posted by nom de plume
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm

As one who has been involved with planning depts for over 3 decades, it is with great pleasure that we are not only rid of H. Sullivan, but moreover the imminent retirement of S.George, manager of these control freaks run amok. One only needs to almanac google the letters from Fleishacker and Dubs to understand the climate of fear that George has promulgated in our fair town. Check out the long overdue response to the SM Co Grand Jury to really get a sense of how the next best step would be for George to resign asap,and get some truly professional administrators that this town deserves. Hopefully residents will press the council to be proactive in this endeavour to restore some measure of respectability and accountability to our town.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Being familiar with the operations of anything involving SM COUNTY'S many departments and its extensive arms which envelope primarily the elite with favoritism, the reason for the departure of both these town managers will probably never be known because of the purviews and "secrecy" which is prominent in those buildings in Redwood City and its many officials.
If George "promulgated a climate of fear" in this fair town, it might be she was questioning all operations which only move quickly when it favors a certain few.
Mentioning the fact the Saint Andreas fault runs directly through this place is like shouting "fire" in an empty theater.Things just do not work in the very special place than any other spot in the U.S. and it is more apparent daily. Woodside is more like the core of the earth and if you question why, you more than likely will never find out.
A rotting mansion gets more attention than high speed transportation or education.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2009 at 1:56 pm

A few moonths prior to her departure, it was Sullivan's responsibility having the developmental server's engineer and town geologist report to her..........TOWN'S GEOLOGIST! Not even a STATE or NATIONAL geologist knowing the entire area is sitting directly on the worst fault line in California?
Why is it nobody questioned the above sentence. I assume everyone knows that a formerly based San Jose construction outfit has retrofitted most of homes with three foot thick walled basements and the firm is now located nearer to you. Only $700-800 a square ft. and most are over a thousand square feet? I will furnish the name of the builder who has been doing it or just Google cement basements or bomb shelters and it begins with the letter "M". Interestingly, most of them have been put in without building permits.HMMMMMM

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