Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has gone from two deputy mayors to none.
Nearly two months after Deputy Mayor Sharon Cornu left Quan's administration, Lewis Cohen resigned effective Jan 1, due to unspecified health reasons. Cohen could not be reached for comment.
Cohen, who served as an assistant superintendent with Oakland's school district, joined the Quan administration to focus on education issues.
After Cornu's departure, Quan restructured her administration, hiring Jerry Brown's former top aide, Anne Campbell Washington, as her chief of staff.
Cohen will not be replaced, Quan Spokeswoman Sue Piper said. His departure leaves eight employees in the mayor's office. Piper said that number would soon be whittled to seven as the mayor cuts 20 percent of her office's budget to help the city plug an estimated $26 million deficit caused by the end of state-subsidized redevelopment.