Gruendl quits Glenn County job

Former Chico mayor retires at 50

The Sacramento Valley Mirror newspaper reports that Scott Gruendl is stepping down as director of the Glenn County Health and Human Services Agency effective Friday (March 6). Gruendl, who served on the Chico City Council for 12 years, including two terms as mayor, was hired by the county in 1993 and took over as head of human services in 2009.

In his resignation letter, Gruendl, 50, wrote: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that I tender my resignation as the Health & Human Services Agency director for the county of Glenn for the purposes of retirement.”

Valley Mirror Publisher Tim Crews wrote that Gruendl, whose salary was $130,197 per year, had been out of the office for the last month. Gruendl told Crews that he’d seen a problem coming and checked himself into rehab for 30 days. He reportedly said he thought his job was on the line and would rather resign than be fired.