Editor's note: This adds that pension costs are going down based on city estimates.
COSTA MESA — Don't expect to see help wanted signs at Costa Mesa City Hall any time soon.
In a Wednesday night discussion with Mesa Verde Community Inc., Tom Hatch pledged to not expand the municipal workforce as long as he is the city's chief executive. Hatch will fill key vacant positions, such as police chief, but does not plan to grow the overall size of the workforce, which will likely be served by more contractors if the City Council's restructuring plans are put into effect.
"As long as I'm our leader, I'll make sure we don't do that," Hatch told Mesa Verde residents at their monthly meeting, which doubled as an opportunity to meet the first new city manager in about 20 years. "Our revenue sources don't allow us to expand. We can't afford to expand on recurring costs."