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By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jul. 2, 2015 – Updated at 11:56 PM

  • In amended budget, some city employees get raises, others are let go

ADELANTO — Just six weeks after being named full-time city manager, Thomas Thornton has resigned but will retain his positions as city engineer and public works director, a move that will be addressed next Wednesday along with other personnel changes, according to a city staff report.

Thornton signed a six-month contract May 12 after having served in an interim role following the resignation of Jim Hart, who stepped down in March once it became clear a three-fifths new-look City Council was looking to make a change.

Thornton could not be reached Thursday because city offices were closed.

The city will solicit for prospective candidates to fill the vacancy, according to the report embedded in next Wednesday’s Council meeting agenda packet.

Thornton’s resignation was included in a wider package of personnel-related items reflected in an amended budget that comes just two weeks after the Council passed the adopted budget.

City Clerk Cynthia Herrera is getting a 5 percent salary increase, while an administrative assistant in the city clerk’s department, a senior management analyst in the finance department and an administrative assistant in the IT department are all getting 5 percent out-of-class pay raises.

A management analyst in human resources is being reclassified as the human resource manager and getting a $24,000 salary increase. In addition, the city is eliminating a senior management analyst position in the planning department and the public works superintendent position.

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