Indio's City Manager Has Resigned

It was an unexpected announcement, made just after the July 4 holiday. Indio City Manager Dan Martinez tendered his resignation Wednesday, effective immediately, with little explanation as to why.

"On behalf of the city council, city employees and residents, we thank Mr. Martinez for his dedication and service to the city of Indio for the past seven years," said Mayor Elaine Holmes. The separation was both “positive” and “respectful,” she added.

Martinez has led Indio for the past seven years. He had previously headed Riverside County’s Economic Development Agency. During his tenure as city manager, “the political pressure was the greatest burden he carried,” said former councilman Sam Torres. He also said there had been multiple attempts to push Martinez out over the years.

Martinez’s job performance was the subject of a closed session meeting on June 7. It’s not clear what came of that.

Assistant City Manager Rob Rockwell is carrying out Martinez’s duties while the council discusses plans for replacement.


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