Yucca Valley, Ca., -I am the eternal optimist when I see a glint of sunshine breaking through the clouds. This was my feeling when I read the Yucca Valley Town Council agenda for their meeting Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
Asking for more transparency from our elected leaders, I believe they have taken a step in the right direction under the leadership of Mayor Merl Abel. link
The last two evaluations of Town Manager Mark Nuaimi, were held on a Saturday mornings instead of a closed session at the regular Town Council meeting, as in the past with our previous Town Managers. On Tuesday, the evaluation will be conducted in a Closed Session with “Public Comment” on this agenda item # 22 with the benefit of a Town Clerk and Town Attorney in attendance. Here is the link to the agenda: link
Of course, we will have to wait and see if there are any amendments or changes to Nuaimi’s contract. In some other Towns and Cities, the Town Managers have wrangled changes to their contracts calling for a “Super Majority” to fire the manager and in another case, prohibiting any termination of contracts 180 days from any newly elected Town Council member.
In the case of City Manager Robb Quincy of Upland, he was on paid leave of absence starting January 4, 2011 before the Council could fire him by super majority. The City Council on May 2, 2011, unanimously voted to fire City Manager Robb Quincey.
The report states, “A city municipal code had prevented them from terminating Quincey within 180 days of an election in which a new council member was elected. Councilman Gino L. Filippi was elected Nov. 2.
After more than an hour and a half in closed session, the City Council released Quincey from his employment with the city based on “two prongs,” said City Attorney William Curley.
“One is based on breach of the employment agreement and the other are four cause circumstances of failure to follow specific council direction,” Curley said.”
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