Chico’s Interim City Manager Has Resigned Two Weeks After Taking the Job

The Chico City Council has hired former Butte County Chief Administrative Officer Paul Hahn to serve as interim city manager. He is Chico’s second interim city manager in two weeks.

The city’s last interim administrator, Police Chief Matt Madden, abruptly resigned last week. He had just come on board April 1 to replace Mark Orme, who resigned in March for reasons that remain unclear.

Madden declined to say why his tenure was so short-lived.

"Well, I'm not going to get into my personal stuff. That's personnel matters and I don't discuss my personal situation,” he told KRCR.

He hinted that his retirement funds were a factor. They could have decreased significantly if he had stayed in the role.

The vote for Hahn was unanimous. He has 29 years of experience in public administration. Madden thinks he will be a great fit too.

Hahn “comes to us with a vast knowledge, a lot of experience in local government, he’s fully aware of the issue here in the city. He will also provide much stability and really steer the ship so the city can focus on finding our next city manager,” he said.