But the latest one has really gotten under my skin. I'll talk about that one in a minute.
First, an example of one of the many rumors about me that float around:
Shortly after I retired, several people, individually, reached out to me to say they were so sorry to hear what had happened.
OK, I thought. I'll bite.
They had all heard -- through the grapevine -- that I had been "encouraged to resign" and had been given my retirement package as a parting gift.
Oh, brother. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
I had experienced a catastrophic medical issue and was on leave for nearly four months. When Dr. Wes Powell released me to return to work on a part-time basis, I knew from day one that I wanted to retire and go live a life after a 38-year career.
I told City Manager Michael Beck right away and stayed for another five months before I retired so there would be plenty of time for the Human Resources Department to recruit for a new PIO before I headed off to my new adventure.
On my penultimate day on the job, Michael had his staff pull out all the stops for a farewell party for me in the courtyard at Pasadena City Hall to which city staff, elected officials and the community were invited. There were a couple of hundred people there, and Michael and my peers on the Executive Leadership Team presented me with a lovely, engraved Tiffany bowl that I treasure to this day.
"Encouraged to resign"? Hardly.
Now on to the latest rumor that has caused me to lose sleep:
On Saturday I was told that somebody is going around saying that I told him or her (I don't know which) personally, as in face-to-face, that Mayor Bill Bogaard is not going to run for re-election in 2015.
I worked every day with Mayor Bogaard for nearly 14 years. We respect each other greatly and still keep in touch regularly.
But here's the thing -- well, two.
First, Mayor Bogaard hasn't said a thing to me about whether he is going to run for re-election or not, so I have no idea what his plan might be.
And second, when he wants to go public with his decision, it will be his to announce.
So whoever you are out there, making up yet another story about me: Shame on you.
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