City Hall Showdown: How Will the Tucson City Council Deal With City Manager Mike Letcher Today?

Tucson City Manager Mike Letcher has placed his neck on the chopping block with yesterday’s resignation letter.

But whether the Tucson City Council will swing the ax at today’s study session remains to be seen.

As political pressure was growing in the wake of various city management issues, Letcher announced yesterday he would resign from the top job in the city bureaucracy—but not for another year. He says he wants to get the city through another budget cycle and past the November election, which will see a new mayor and possibly a few new council members, if any incumbents are taken out by their challengers.

Letcher suggests his proposed timeline also gives the mayor and City Council time to do a search for a new manager.

But at least one council member wants Letcher gone immediately.

“I think the best situation would be for us to allow him to resign immediately, name an interim (manager), begin the search and don’t conclude that search until after we have a new mayor,” says Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik

Letcher says he has no plans to immediately resign, but he'll pack up his office if Kozachik can find three other council members to support firing him today.

“That’s fine,” Letcher says. “As long as my contract is honored.”

Letcher’s contract calls for him to receive six month’s pay if he is terminated.