Cynthia Bojorquez, who joined the city of Salinas as Director of Library and Community Services just eight months ago, told the city today she would leave her job by the end of the year.
Bojorquez decided to leave the position due to family matters, City Manager Ray Corpuz tells the Weekly. But in her official letter of resignation Bojorquez mentioned she would also be leaving because she took the same position with the City of Sunnyvale.
"I would've loved to keep her on," Corpuz says. "She made necessary changes by getting people hired in the recreational and community center and did everything we needed from her and more."
Bojorquez says she will remain on the job until the end of the year to give the city time to find a replacement, and finish some projects.
"If she resigned it comes as a surprise to me since she showed nothing but commitment and attention," Salinas Councilman Steve McShane says.
Bojorquez made headlines during her short tenure, after Snappy—the library's hero tortoise mascot—was sent away to "college." In reality, the tortoise was sent to a rescue society in San Jose because he had outgrown his enclosure and was showing signs of stress.
Bojorquez came to Salinas to replace Elizabeth Matinez, who left the library under a cloud of controversy, including a $400,000 settlement from the city after she filed a claim and accused council members of bullying her over her failure to raise funds to pay for the restoration of the Claes Oldenburg sculpture "Hats in Three Stages of Landing."