The one man at city hall that was bringing the city together and restoring confidence with the public was discharged from all duties last night in closed session. It is nether known why he was terminated nor if there is a compensation package. According to a 29 Palms City Press Release today, 29 Palms Finance Officer Ron Peck has been named interim city manger. It was a unanimous vote (5-0) to discharge City Manager Joe Guzzetta.
It is rumored that Mr. Guzzetta wasn’t going along to get along, that there were differences of opinion of how to move the city forward, and that outside bond council, A. Patrick Munoz, had a big hand in Mr. Guzzetta being summarily discharge from all duties.
Rotating Mayor, Dan Mintz, reported to the Desert Trail via telephone: “The council decided we needed to go in a new direction,” he said, “We wanted to go in a new direction.”
More information will be published as it comes in.
City of 29 Palms Press Release, Dated May 14, 2014
On Tuesday evening, May 13th, the city council held closed session for purposes of conducting the city managers’ performance evaluation. After discussing the matter the council decided it wanted to go in a new direction and hence voted to place the city manager on paid administrative leave until May 15 which will be his last day. The city council thanks Mr. Guzzetta for his services and wishes him will in his future endeavors. The council appointed the City’s Financial Director, Ron Peck, to serve as acting city manager while it explores its options, and adjourned to a regular adjourned meeting, May 19th at 5pm at city hall at which time it will discuss the appointment of a intern city manager and possible executing a related agreement.
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