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Assistant city manager resigns

TURLOCK — Assistant City Manager John French said Friday he has resigned from his position.

French said he worried the city's budget crisis for the 2009-10 fiscal year that starts July 1 would put his job in jeopardy.

"I know the kind of cuts the city is going to have to make," he said. "My position is at risk because of the budget. I think all of the positions in the city are up for review."

French, 55, said he submitted his letter of resignation a week ago to interim City Manager Gary Hampton, more than three weeks after he was put on paid administrative leave. Hampton could not be reached for comment Friday.

French said his decision to resign had nothing to do with an investigation that began after he sent a memo detailing possible misuses of federal funds in the city's housing services department. French said he reviewed the 2008-09 budget and became concerned the city may be spending too much federal grant money on administrative overhead, such as salaries, rents and utilities. French was responsible for the day-to-day operation of Turlock's housing services department.

French said he is looking into job leads in the public and nonprofit sectors and said he expects to be "back on my feet in no time."

"I'm moving ahead," French said.

Bee staff writer Merrill Balassone can be reached at mbalassone@modbee.com or 578-2337.

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