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Costa Mesa gives no reason for placing 2 city employees on leave

August 07, 2013|By Bradley Zint
  • The city seal inside Costa Mesa City Hall.
The city seal inside Costa Mesa City Hall. (Don Leach / Daily Pilot )

This post has been corrected. Please see below.

Two Costa Mesa city employees who organize special events have been placed on paid administrative leave, city officials confirmed Wednesday.

Public Affairs Manager Dan Joyce and Christine Cordon, special events coordinator, were put on leave Tuesday, pending the outcome of an outside investigation, said two high-ranking city officials, each of whom requested anonymity.

The reasons the employees were placed on leave were not shared with the Daily Pilot.

Assistant City Chief Executive Rick Francis and Mayor Jim Righeimer both declined comment, saying the issue was a personnel matter.

"We may craft a response soon, but as of now, we are not ready to do so," Francis wrote in an email.

A message left on Joyce's cellphone was not immediately returned. Cordon could not be reached.

Joyce began with the city as an interim employee in early 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was later made full time.

Cordon joined the city in 2005, according to her online résumé. She has held various positions, including office specialist and deputy city clerk.

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the employees were suspended. In fact, they were placed on paid leave.

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Twitter: @bradleyzint

bradley.zint@latimes.com

Zint writes for Times Community News.


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