REDONDO BEACH — City Treasurer Alice DeLong, who two weeks ago submitted a letter of resignation to the City Council, this week changed her mind and asked to stay on as treasurer until the end of her term in March of 1987.
The council welcomed DeLong's change of heart and agreed unanimously to ignore her original request. The council had not formally accepted the letter of resignation, voting Jan. 14 to delay action while urging DeLong to reconsider.
In her letter to the council Tuesday, DeLong, 51, said she decided to withdraw her resignation because "I do not believe that at this time a treasurer can be appointed without political interference." DeLong has slightly more than a year to serve of her third four-year term to the elected office, which pays $38,000 a year.
DeLong said in a telephone interview Wednesday that she changed her mind primarily because she feared that former Mayor Dave Hayward, a longtime political foe, would be named by the council to complete her term. The council has the authority to appoint her replacement.