Retired San Diego County Administrator Walt Ekard, who led county workers for about 13 years, has agreed to serve as the city’s interim chief operating officer. He previously served as a consultant to Mayor Bob Filner, who has since faced multiple calls for his resignation.
I talked with Ekard ahead of a Monday press conference where more serious allegations against Filner were aired. Ekard told me why he agreed to take on the gig and what he sees as key challenges going forward.
Why he took the job: Ekard said the mayor repeatedly tried to persuade him to serve as the city’s chief operating officer before he took office in December.
And Ekard repeatedly refused.