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Is Almanac asking the right questions about finance director retirement

Original post made by Questions, Atherton: other, on Nov 1, 2011

Last night's Almanac article quoted retiring Atherton finance director Louise Ho as saying she was not fired, but rather elected to retire.

This could be true, but the circumstances suggest additional questions need to be asked. It is well-known that sometimes people are offered the chance to resign or retire as an alternative to being fired.

For example, does Ms. Ho have another job lined up? She seems too young to retire, as far as I'm concerned.

My concern comes from the abrupt nature of this change, and, if it turned out not to be voluntary, the possible reasons for this that could be linked to financial scandals within the town.

I want to make clear I do not believe Ms. Ho is part of such scandals. I think perhaps she may have been involved in being unwilling to sweep them under a rug.

This is the second finance director in a row to be leaving under suspicious circumstances.

These questions need to be asked. These questions need to stay up and not be deleted. They are questions, not accusations.

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Oh thank God for the above post from "Questions"--somebody out there is actually using their brain finally!!
Maybe there is hope after all. Hurrah!!!!!!

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Woops - I should probably clarify that I am not the same Louise that is the finance director- and that I am actually an Atherton resident.
Sorry I didn't think of that before

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Posted by Blue's Clues
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Former Atherton Finance Director John Johns has asked to be considered as a replacement for Ms. Ho.

Mr. Danielson be careful what you ask for, you just might get your wish.

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Posted by skeptical one
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Nov 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Yes Louise, I believe you. I also believe Mike Guerra retired on his own volition and I believe Duncan Jones retired on his own volition.

I also believe Danielson when he says he isn't interested in staying on past December as interim city manager.

All this guy is doing is consolidting his power base

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Posted by concerned
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Seems only people who have worked for Danielson in the past can now work in Atherton. We need to start getting independent people in our city management. I guess we will need to get another Interim person!

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