SAN FRANICSCO, Nov. 4, 1994 -- The Free Press has learned that Rudy Nothenburg, San Francisco's chief administrative officer -- considered perhaps the second most powerful bureaucrat in The City -- has resigned.
Nothenburg handed in his resignation letter to Mayor Jordan on Thursday, and in an exclusive interview said his reasons for leaving 18 months before his term was over were "purely personal."
"I'd like to do something else for the last few years of my working life," said Nothenburg, 62, who was appointed by Mayor Dianne Feinstein to the 10-year term, which would have ended in late 1996. Nothenburg will leave in March, after seeing through the City Hall relocation to offices throughout The City.
Mayor Jordan expressed sadness at the news, saying "It did come as a surprise." He said Nothenburg was "an excellent administrator, and we have the utmost respect for each other."
Nothenburg's replacement will be chosen by the mayor, who says he will begin the process in January. The replacement will need to be confirmed by the Board of Supervisors.