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7 months into job, Solvang City Manager resigns

SOLVANG, Calif. - Solvang's City Manager has resigned after only seven months on the job.

David Gassaway reached a mutual agreement to leave on September 9. He was appointed to the position in February.

Gassaway said he enjoyed his time serving the community and wished the town his best.

Mayor Ryan Toussaint stated that the separation had nothing to do with performance, "Mr. Gassaway brings a lot of talent to the table with his knowledge and work ethic. The City Council has a different direction for the community and we mutually agreed that a separation would allow the City Council to achieve its desired outcomes. We wish David well and thank him for his time in Solvang."

The City will pay him a severance equal to six months' salary and benefits.  

Previous city manager Brad Vidro retired on December 28 after serving over 13 years in the position.

The city council has already begun the process of picking a new city manager, according to city officials.

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