February 24, 2011 5:47 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Public Works Director Amer Jakher this week resigned from Victorville’s staff for a second time, as he prepares to take a similar position in another city.

“It was a hard decision,” Jakher said by phone Thursday, “but sometimes you have to make hard decisions.”

The move came on the heels of a Feb. 15 presentation to the City Council where Jakher spelled out the severity of the obstacles Victorville is facing to complete its wastewater treatment plant at Southern California Logistics Airport.

“I’m really disappointed,” Councilwoman Angela Valles said in reaction to the news of Jakher’s departure. “We finally get a staff member willing to stand up and tell the truth and now he’s gone.”

An inside source told the Daily Press that Jakher had faced backlash for discussing problems with the wastewater plant publicly.

“What you were told is a bunch of garbage,” City Manager Jim Cox said in an e-mailed response Thursday. “Somebody lied to you.”

Jakher served as Victorville’s public works director for three years, after he stepped down from the same position in Colton.

He first quit his post here a little more than a year ago to become assistant city manager for La Puente, but he rescinded that resignation a short time later. Jakher has since taken on more duties for Victorville as other staff members have left or been laid off, including overseeing the water department and the struggling wastewater plant.

Jakher’s decision to leave makes him the fifth former department head to quit Victorville over the last year and a half, in the wake of pay cuts and investigations into the city’s finances by local and federal agencies.

City spokeswoman Monica Petersen said no decision has been made yet about Jakher’s replacement.

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Brooke Edwards may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.