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Warne is Put on Notice and Put in His Place!

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“Unethical, Inappropriate, and Unprofessional” are not words that any city manager would want spoken about his conduct. Least of all to have those words used at a public council meeting. But to even make it worse are to have those words spoken about you by a sitting City Council Member.

But that is exactly what happened on Tuesday night at the 29 Palms city council meeting.

Council Member Jim Harris, using great restraint, informed the public that our current city manager seems to think that information about Jim Harris’ grandson is somehow information that may effect the functioning of the city.

Council Member Harris’ grandson was arrested. That is public record and if you knew his name you could look it up. However, Jim’s grandson’s name is not even close to Harris so knock yourself out trying to find the information.

But Mr. Warne thought that this arrest of an adult that does not even live with Jim was of such importance to the city of 29 Palms that he sent out a text to all the other council members and who knows who else – the city attorney I am sure was included along with the city clerk and everyone else that works at city hall I imagine.

Now, one has to ask why would a city manager do such a thing? What was he trying to do? What good was he trying to do for the city of 29 Palms? What good was he trying to do for Jim Harris or Jim’s family?

According to Jim Harris, Mr. Warne did not even ask Jim about sending the text out to all of his peers and subordinate city employees – he just did it.

Needless to say Jim Harris is not very happy about Mr. Warne’s conduct. I am not very happy about it either and I am sure there are a multitude of citizens that once they find out about this little event will not be very happy either. Several citizens even approached Jim after the meeting to express their sorrow for Mr. Warne’s actions. As of today Mr. Warne has not apologized to Jim or even contacted him.

To me it demonstrates an incredible lack of social etiquette, tact, and knowledge of exactly what is important to a city and what is not.

This action by Warne smacks of retaliation for Jim’s stance against Warne during the recent budget battle. Time will eventually tell why Warne did what he did and if the pressure gets strong enough Warne will provide some form of spin such as “I wanted Jim’s peers to know about the situation so they could provide comfort and support to Jim during this trying time.”

That dog will not hunt because Jim thinks that his grandson got what he deserves and Warne would have known that had he simply asked Jim if he needed any assistance.

I see a greater storm brewing for Mr. Warne – why? Well he is out of touch and as Jim said he is “Unethical, Inappropriate, and Unprofessional”.

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Steve Spear

Former 29 Palms City Council member from 2002 through 2010. Graduate of Villanova University with a BA majoring in criminal justice. Served in the United States Marine Corps from 1977 through 1990 attaining the rank of Major in the Marine Corps Reserves.


  1. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    And who selected this guy in the first place?

    Who would approve a pay package equal to what many governors make?

    And what asses let this guy put a golden parachute and termination clause in his contract?

    So tell the citizens how much tax dollars will this guy take with him when he is fired?

    Who should the citizens be angry with?

  2. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    If he is terminated for cause then he gets nothing. If he leaves on his own accord he gets nothing.

    If he is terminated for other reasons I think he gets 6 months salary – I forget it was public record and was published.

    At this point, in my opinion, the citizens need to start getting angry with him and not the council.

    • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

      This city manager is a product of this setting council; they cannot pass the buck it stops with their confirmation vote that put him in his current position. I am not about to give these knuckle heads a pass. You may be shocked at the final cost to rid this town of this ass. Termination for cause, sound like a windfall for the layers, but what the hell do I know.

    • @ Steve Spear- Here is the link to Warne Contract:


      • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

        Thanks Margo,

        I was off by 6 months. Wow!

        In any event this guy needs to be fired and fired in March. If it costs his salary for a year then so be it.

        I also would warn any city to never allow a contract such as this and I would also warn any city to never, ever hire Warne.

  3. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:


    I have found that “carpet bombing” as compared to “surgical strike” is not very effective.

    The present council will lose John Cole in December and he is one that voted to hire Warne.

    Nothing can be done until 2014 about the others that voted for Warne short of a recall – and that is not going to happen.

    You also need to know that many times in public a council will vote 5-0 for the hiring of a city manager when in reality in the closed session it was 4-1 or 3-2.

    In any event the first target should always be the most dangerous.

    This guy has already cost the city 31 million over 30 years, $250,000.00 in pursuit of the 31 million that has received 5 to 8 “no” answers from the state of California and he continues to want to spend our reserves on projects that defy any form of proper city management.

    If he can not be removed for cause – but I think he can. Then his loss at $100,000.00 is still cheaper than keeping him around given his track record of spend, spend, and spend and defy, defy, and defy.

    Just saying

    • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

      As long as we are going military, carpet bombing and all

      “If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking.”
      - General George Patton Jr

      If we don’t hold the elected responsible for their actions things aren’t about to change. Mr. Warren serves the council. The council not only hired him and his outlandish contract but had to approve all that Mr. Warren spends. I am going to keep my eye on the responsible party, the council. I as you have had sour relations with the manager, but the buck stops with the council, I am sure you are well aware.

      • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

        I really have no disagreement with your analysis – only the sequence of events.

        The first step was to remove Cole who voted for Warne and the Bonds – done.

        The second step is remove Warne the bond mastermind – seems he is doing that for himself.

        Come 2014 I would imagine that there are council members that voted for the bonds and for Warne that you may like to see removed – okay – but that is 2 years away.

        I know that you would like to see the city disbanded but I do not see that happening.

  4. Let us not forget that inappropriate emails have taken down generals. The City Boss circulated a hateful and malevolent email. Is he to big to terminate?

    If not already known,it would behoove the community for someone to do a Public Information Request to see how widely the inappropriate email was circulated. Any spin will only bring more discredit to the out-of-control City Boss.

    The personal family affair of a councilman is not the business of the Town Boss; it’s simply not relevant. Obviously the Town Boss did this wicked hit job on taxpayer’s time.

    To the credit of the local radio station this morning, it was briefly reported. Will the Desert Trail report it?

    Mark Clemons’ above comment [November 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm] sums it up in a nutshell.

    Since Empire Building as we know it by City Bosses are over – small cities and towns have to get a hold on their managers pay packages which are akin to Dubai prince.

    It’s my instinct that Town Boss has been looking for a new job for a while now. He needs to be terminated POSTHASTE for cause.

  5. No city employee ought to be too big to be terminated for multiple acts of misfeasances.

    City Attorney A. Patrick Muñoz may support the City Boss and pressure the city council to not terminate. Both are up to their necks in the same game.

    Based on the Employment Agreement of the City Boss, here is my lay opinion on terminating the City Boss:

    Said employment contract favors the City Boss because it is silent on acts, or multiple acts, of “misfeasance” — “Improper performance of some act which a person may lawfully do.”

    The Employment Agreement addresses “malfeasance” – “The commission of an act which is positively unlawful. Under His emails and text messaging were not illegal.”

    *Source Blacks Law Dictionary

    Nonetheless, even if the City Boss is terminated “without cause” he is barred from filing a civil suit.

    The nice thing about it is in this instance is that he cannot sue the city. It should be noted that with each individual that received the email, text message or social media missive is a SEPARATE act of misfeasance.

    Enough is enough with this Chicago-style City Boss.

    Thanks Margo for the Link to city manager’s termination conditions:

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