Twentynine Palms, Ca.- The Twentynine Palms City Council met yesterday at 5PM to reconvene their meeting of last Tuesday, where they fired City Manager Joe Guzzetta. Their orchestrated action came down without any previous criticism of his performance or placing of any probation status on his employment. There were no charges of impropriety or illegal conduct brought against Guzzetta during their closed session to evaluate his performance according to parties close to the situation who asked to remain anonymous.
Before going into a closed session the five Council members heard from citizens during Public Comment…and they heard an earful.
Several citizens, including the elder statesman, Owen Gillick, blasted the Council for their callous handling of City Manager Guzzetta’s sudden and abrupt termination. Speaking on behalf of many residents unable to attend this early Monday meeting, Gillick spoke favorably of Guzzetta’s participation in the community and performance as manager over the past year.
One speaker asked the Council to reveal their “New Direction” to the public which had never been discussed in previous meetings before citing this reason for firing the manager. Another offered suggestions of the qualifications they should seek in their next appointment of any manager for the future of Twentynine Palms.
After Public Comments and before going into another Closed Session on the appointment of a City Manager, Mayor Danny Mintz responded it was a “personnel manner” that could not be discussed citing privacy and Brown Act concerns.
Reporter Rebecca Unger and a few residents remained to hear the Council report out of the closed session….
To be continued…
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