Charles LeTourneau Resigns as City Manager to Mayor Steve Adler

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AUSTIN — After two-and-a-half hours of discussion and a few rounds of voting by his fellow council members, Austin’s newest city manager, Charles LeTourneau, announced today that he was resigning as chief of staff to Mayor Steve Adler.

It is his third run for office, and he was hoping to move to an administration post that would have required him to step down as chief of staff if he lost.

When Adler and LeTourneau were appointed to the council, they promised to serve as caretakers for the city at a time when it was reeling after a series of budget cuts.

They pledged their mutual support, and they both believe their successors at the helm should be equally committed to helping Austin heal.

As he left City Hall on Friday afternoon, Adler said he was sorry to see LeTourneau go, but he was committed to being mayor long term.

“I’m sorry for him, but he’s got to face the world,” Adler said. “He’s going to be fine. It’s a new day.”

It was just like a marriage, Adler added:

“You’re both going to have the best years of your lives, and you will have the worst years of your life, that’s how much we’re going to have in common. But I’m going to make sure that we don’t have to go through the rest of our lives like the last five years have been.”

LeTourneau’s resignation was expected, but he told reporters after his appointment last week that he would leave Austin to start a job in a different city. He said he was going to work for the “new mayor,” someone who might appoint him chief of staff.

LeTourneau resigned in a note to City Manager Sheryl Sculley.

“I am not resigning,” he said in a message

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