nctimes.com— Menifee City Manager Bill Rawlings will be the focus of a City Council meeting called in for a special session Tuesday.
A performance evaluation for Rawlings was added as a closed-session item to the agenda for last week’s meeting.
Rawlings was unavailable after the council did not report action out of that session, and he could not be reached for comment after the city released Tuesday’s agenda Friday evening.
The council will be considering just two items, both regarding the city manager position: a public employee evaluation and public employee appointment.
Whether Rawlings could be resigning or could be dismissed was unclear.
Either way, it would add to the shakeup in city leadership after this month’s election, which will change the dynamics of the council.
Scott Mann was elected as the city’s mayor, Councilwomen Darcy Kuenzi and Sue Kristjansson lost their seats, and newcomer Greg August will take a seat alongside Councilmen John Denver, Tom Fuhrman and Wallace Edgerton.
Edgerton said he wasn’t aware of any conflicts between the incoming council members and Rawlings.
Neither was Mann, who said he was unaware that a special council session had been added to the calendar in advance of his first meeting as the new mayor on Dec. 4.
“I wouldn’t be able to speculate on that whatsoever,” Mann said when reached by phone last week. “This is all news to me.”
Added Edgerton: “I’m in the minority on the council and I’m not always the first to know what’s going on. I would suggest that you talk to Mayor Denver. I certainly don’t want to be a party to fending off rumors.”
Denver could not be reached for comment.
The council will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall before moving behind closed doors to discuss the personnel issues in private. If any decision is made, it would be announced after that session.
Rawlings was approved as Menifee’s second permanent city manager in January 2011, when he received a four-year contract with an annual base salary of $190,000. He holds a bachelor of arts in business administration from Cal State Fullerton and a doctorate of law from Western State University College of Law.
Rawlings was previously a redevelopment director and housing/deputy city manager in Vista in San Diego County.