Story and photo by Miriam Raftery
April 7, 2013 (San Diego)—Donna Frye, appointed by Mayor Bob Filner to serve as Director of Open Government, has announced her resignation in order to accept the presidency of Californians Aware, a nonprofit organization advocating for open government.
Frye will serve as a volunteer in the position, losing a potential salary of $100,000 a year had she stayed with the City of San Diego. The resignation took effect immediately.
Mayor Filner praised Frye’s success in creating a website, sandiego.gov/opengov, where the public can easily access many city records.
“She has done a great job during her short time back in City Hall,” Filner said in a statement. “We will continue to open the doors of government to the public, but will miss her drive, determination and wonderful sense of humor that helped to get things done.”
“I must commit my efforts to this statewide organization,” said Frye, who recently presented Californians Aware General Counsel Terry Francke with the Sunshine Award from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (photo). Frye is a past winner of the Sunshine Award.