The city of San Diego’s number two financial guru resigned abruptly Wednesday, a month before the city budget is due.

Nader Tirandazi, director of the San Diego’s financial management department, sent his resignation letter to his boss, CFO Mary Lewis, on Wednesday. The letter, which did not give a reason for his departure, states his last day is Friday.

Tirandazi has become increasingly public in the past year, heading San Diego’s oft-delayed conversion to a new citywide computer system that Mayor Jerry Sanders and city leaders have pegged as critical to ensuring strong financial management. He also has been the point person for the city’s plan to outsource a portion of its information technology services.

In his letter, Tirandazi praised the city’s weathering of various fiscal crises and implementation of technological programs over the 19 years he worked there.

“These last three years of my career have been the toughest, personally,” Tirandazi wrote. “However, the organization has risen and has met these challenges.”

Tirandazi’s salary was $145,000. He did not return a call or a text message seeking comment.

Lewis, Tirandazi’s boss, didn’t return calls or e-mails seeking comment. City Chief Operating Officer Jay Goldstone didn’t return a call, either.

The Mayor’s Office originally gave us the incorrect salary figure for Tirandazi, which has since been corrected.


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