Officials at city hall said this afternoon that Saundra Kee Borges, who was appointed chief operating officer by the mayor in March, has withdrawn her nomination for the position. The mayor said in statement Monday that he has named Albert G. Ilg to “serve as a temporary part-time employee to assist with the transition and to work with city council members and department heads to design the process for the permanent COO selection.”
Council members said today that Kee Borges, whose appointment as COO would have had to be approved by the council, didn’t have the support of the panel.
Kee Borges will remain corporation counsel. The mayor had nominated Juan Figueroa to replace Kee Borges as the city’s top lawyer. That nomination also will likely be withdrawn, Maribel La Luz, the mayor’s spokeswoman, said Monday.
STATEMENT FROM CITY OF HARTFORD ACTING CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER SAUNDRA KEE BORGES
— NEWS AND COMMUNITY STATEMENT—
(May 13, 2013) “I have thought long and hard about this decision and today I have asked Mayor Segarra to withdraw my nomination as Chief Operating Officer for the City of Hartford. This was not an easy decision but it is the right one at this time. I want to thank Mayor Segarra for his confidence in me and my leadership. At his request, I will stay on to assist with the transition and selection process of a permanent COO. I owe a lot to this City and it has been an honor for me to serve in this capacity.
Mayor Segarra has asked Albert G. Ilg to serve as Special Assistant to the COO as a temporary part-time employee to assist with the transition and to work with City Council members and Department Heads to design the process for the permanent COO selection. Mr. Ilg is a long-time City Manager, most recently in Windsor and in Hartford in 2002.
“I sadly accept this withdrawal,” said Mayor Segarra. “Sandy is an exceptional manager. She’s detailed, driven and one of the most professional individuals I have worked with. She is a true believer in the City of Hartford”