The South Pasadena City Council decided April 20 not to hire Chris Jordan as the new city manager after a flurry of negative public reaction. The council was scheduled to approve his appointment at its meeting the following day.
Jordan, the former Los Altos city manager, confirmed April 21 he was out of the running in an email response to the Town Crier.
Jordan had controversial tenures in Los Altos and West Linn, Ore., prior to applying for the South Pasadena position. While leaders and residents in both communities supported Jordan, vocal detractors raised issues that contributed to the South Pasadena council’s eleventh-hour about-face. The previous South Pasadena city manager retired after a less than three-year stint described by the South Pasadenan news outlet as tumultuous.
According to the South Pasadenan, 27 residents, “many reading from a similar script,” all offered critical comments ahead of a closed session to discuss Jordan’s appointment.
Jordan served as Los Altos city manager from April 2016 to December 2020. He and the city arranged a separation agreement, and Jordan told the Town Crier at the time that the decision to leave was “not necessarily” his.