City of San Diego says it is moving on without Garcia

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

The director of the San Diego Emergency Medical Services has informed the city verbally of his intention to resign, but officials are reportedly still waiting for written confirmation.

Interim-City Director Ernesto Sanchez confirmed Friday that EMS Director Sergio Garcia gave a verbal resignation June 15, but said he had requested a written resignation from Garcia at that time. No written resignation had been filed with the city as of Friday afternoon, and Sanchez said he had been unable to reach Garcia since that conversation.

"He does not answer our calls anymore, so we don't know if he's completely quit, or what," Sanchez said. "He's just given me a verbal (statement), but I told him I needed it written."

Sanchez said there are no plans to appoint an interim-director for the EMS until a written resignation is received from Garcia. Although the EMS is temporarily without a director, the daily operation of the EMS is not expected to be affected by the resignation, Sanchez said.

"We're still moving on, and we hopefully won't have any problems until we get an interim on," Sanchez said.

Sanchez said Garcia told him the resignation was because of a new job Garcia had accepted.

Garcia worked with the city for more than 15 years, Sanchez said Friday.

Multiple messages left on Garcia's cell phone requesting comment were not returned Thursday or Friday.