PE.com-Banning, California-The Banning City Council has fired City Manager Andy Takata, saying in a written statement the council “lost confidence in Mr. Takata’s management.”
The city’s contract attorney, David Aleshire, read a statement at the Tuesday, March 25, council meeting that said council members “will not individually comment on this matter.”
Takata will leave without a severance package, something that often accompanies an exiting city manager. He rejected an offer that would have paid him $275,951.67 — 14 months of salary in accordance with Takata’s contract.
The city’s statement acknowledged that “litigation may result over this decision.”
The action came a little more than two months after Takata verbally submitted his resignation, subject to development of a severance agreement. A written agreement was subsequently signed by Takata in February, but it contained a revocation clause, which Takata exercised Feb. 26.
Takata had about two years left on a six-year contract with the city and had been on paid administrative leave.
The unanimous council vote in a closed-door session Tuesday was effective immediately.
June Overholt, deputy city manager, has served as acting city manager, but the council is considering hiring an interim manager for six months.
The statement read by Aleshire said Takata’s attorney, Brad Gage, asked the council to defer consideration for 30 days. Neither Gage nor Takata could be reached for comment.
Gage is a labor attorney who also represented former Banning police chief Leonard Purvis, who reached a $300,000 settlement and resigned in November. He alleged misconduct and retaliation by Councilman Don Peterson who denied any wrongdoing. Story source>LINK