Tom Johnson, the publisher of the Coastline Pilot, announced his resignation from the company Tuesday.
At the time of his resignation, he also served as general manager of Times Community News, which publishes six other community papers in Southern California. Johnson joined the Daily Pilot in Newport Beach/Costa Mesa as an associate publisher in 1991 and took over as publisher two years later.
In 2003, under Johnson’s leadership, Times Community News acquired the Coastline News in Laguna Beach, which became the Coastline Pilot.
In a written statement to staffers, Johnson said he disagreed with the direction in which the company was headed. Johnson’s resignation came as the company laid off employees Tuesday, the second round of cuts in several months.