More on Palmer

Some of the projects done by the administration of City Manager Gordon Palmer, who announced Friday he will retire Sept. 25, were listed in this morning’s report on his retirement. Some major projects were not. For the record, his administration expanded Operation Peacekeeper, a program to reduce gang violence, and established financing for Stockton’s $217 million Delta Water Supply Project, a bid to take drinking water from the Delta. Palmer oversaw a splurge of infrastructure spending on libraries, parks and community centers financed by former Mayor Ed Chavez’s $116 million Strong Neighborhoods Initiative.

 

It was primarily about that SNI spending that Palmer said, “We’ve done some things around the city, and I’m pretty proud of a lot of that stuff.”

 

City Councilwoman Susan Eggman, who said in the morning paper, “When you’re a problem-solver and you become identified as the problem, then it’s time to go,” also said Palmer was unfairly made out to be that.

 

She said the council “put him out like it’s his fault.”

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