Sandra Keri will move on to a position as deputy general manager at the San Diego County Water Authority.
Keri had held the city manager since 2003 and originally came to La Mesa as an administrative analyst in 1987. She earned an annual salary of $182,000.
In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Keri said that her position would allow her to “work for a countywide organization and to really be involved in one of the cutting-edge issues right now affecting this county.”
The city has not yet made a decision as to who will take over as city manager.
According to the Union-Tribune, Mayor Art Madrid called a special closed-session City Council meeting for Tuesday afternoon to discuss the matter.