COSTA MESA — A Costa Mesa department head who recently received a layoff notice from the city is leaving the job to become city manager for Lawndale in Los Angeles County.
Steve Mandoki, Costa Mesa's administrative services director, handed Chief Executive Tom Hatch his resignation Tuesday after six years with the city. On Monday, Mandoki and Lawndale's City Council came to an agreement over his contract during a closed session, said Dan Bartelson, assistant to Lawndale's city manager.
Mandoki is out this week and will return Monday for his final week in the Costa Mesa job. He was one of more than 200 city employees who received layoff notices last month, as part of Costa Mesa's broad restructuring plan to avoid pension costs projected to climb over the next five years.