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Anaheim city manager resigns after Council asks for management change

Tom Wood, Anaheim's city manager, resigned after more than 2 years of service.
Tom Wood, Anaheim's city manager, resigned after more than 2 years of service.
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Anaheim's city manager, who has served in the position for more than two years, announced on Wednesday that he was resigning. Tom Wood's decision comes on the heels of the City Council telling him they want a management change.

City spokeswoman Ruth Ruiz says in a news release that the five-member City Council met in closed session on Tuesday and told Wood the city wants to move in a different direction.

Wood's resignation will be effective starting Dec. 8 and he will be paid about $124,000 for the remaining six months on his contract.

Wood, who oversees a $1.3 billion budget, said in a statement that he leaves Anaheim with a balanced budget, significant reserves and low crime rates.

The Orange County Register reports that Wood also expressed frustrations in the statement.

"Recently, I have seen critics receive additional platforms from which to criticize," Wood said. "Today's leaders are then faced to defend the value of cities and their very talented employees to a public that is uncertain as to what is truth... and what is 'spin.'"

The Register writes Wood is often credited with helping expand the Anaheim resort area around Disneyland and leading the charge to bring the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim.

Wood has had over 20 years experience working with Anaheim’s management team, serving as deputy city manager, assistant city manager and, ultimately, city manager.

Mayor Tom Tait released a statement thanking Wood for his service with the city, but he didn't elaborate on the reason for pushing Wood out.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.