Like a lame duck president, The Union’s editor/publisher could not “get out of Dodge” without a “last act.”
In this case, he named city editor Brian Hamilton as the managing editor, according to my sources.
So I guess, the new publisher – who no doubt would like to make his own imprint on the newspaper he is supposed to be held accountable for – already inherits his predecessor’s appointee as his No. 1 in the newsroom.
For the record, Brian (a former high-school sports editor) is a nice guy but the consummate “yes man.” Most of all, he was a good soldier to Jeff A.
In addition, I learned, Jeff’s loyal chief “bean counter” has resigned. Under Jeff and his “bean counter,” I was asked whether it was worthwhile to keep R.L. Crabb’s cartoon, as well as the AP.
Since it was my job, I met with both to discuss these missives. The poor AP guy had to drive up from S.F. to see what was going on. I met with R.L. for lunch.
Good luck to the “new and improved” Union newspaper – with an editor that was named by its outgoing publisher and some staff resignations.
Though I figured it would all die down, I’m confident there are more shoes to drop in this ongoing saga. Stay tuned.
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