Less than two months after the bitterly divided Oxnard City Council ousted City Manager David Mora, the council has voted unanimously to postpone his departure.
Mora, originally set to leave on April 1, will stay until July 1--partly to help find a successor.
"I have indicated to the council that I am willing to stay until July 1," Mora said. "I am not interested in any permanent reinstatement."
In December, Mora was forced to submit his resignation by Councilwomen Ann Johs, Geraldine (Gerry) Furr and Dorothy Maron.
The action prompted a group of Oxnard residents to launch a recall effort, charging that the council members had acted with hidden political agendas or racial prejudice in firing the Latino city manager. The citizens, who are expected to file recall papers in the next two weeks, repeatedly have asked the council members to explain why Mora was dismissed.
Maron has alluded to concerns that Mora made unwise development deals.
The council's 5-0 vote to retain Mora occurred at a closed session last week.
Mora was asked to stay to oversee the 1989-90 fiscal year, which ends June 30, Councilman Manuel Lopez said.
"We're all in agreement that it's a very difficult financial time for the city and we need help," Lopez said.