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Temecula Council to Consider Dismissal of City Manager

Temecula City Manager Bob Johnson was placed on administrative leave following a unanimous city council vote in closed session Tuesday night.

Updated at 1:17 p.m. Nov. 14

Temecula's city manager has been placed on administrative leave, pending his dismissal.

City Council voted unanimously in closed session late Tuesday to immediately place City Manager Bob Johnson on leave, Temecula City Attorney Peter Thorson announced shortly before the close of the meeting.

"The council will have no further comments on this matter at this time, as it is a personnel matter," Thorson said.

Assistant City Manager Aaron Adams was named acting city manager, at least until Nov. 27.

"The council will formally consider dismissal of its city manager and appointment of acting city manager at its regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 27," Thorson said.

A tipster told Patch that Temecula's Chief Financial Officer Genie Wilson may also have been placed on leave Tuesday, but Patch was not able to confirm that. The city has not reported taking any action Tuesday regarding Wilson's employment.

"I have no comment on matters of personnel," Acting City Manager Aaron Adams wrote in an email to Patch, when asked whether Wilson had also been placed on leave.

Johnson was hired as city manager in January, after the resignation in late 2011 of Shawn Nelson.

Johnson's salary is about $210,000. Prior to working for the city, he held a high-level planning position for the county of Riverside.

Gandhi November 16, 2012 at 09:14 AM
I'm not sure I agree with you Ken, the city manager may or may not work for the city council, however, ALL THEIR SALARIES ARE PAID BY US, and that entitles us to know why people are hired and fired so quickly, its a waste of OUR money as I said above, because now theres an entire year of learning/experience and money wasted. If our city council is not competent enough to hire a city manager, and to all appearances this would be the case, then we have a right to know that also, so that information can be utilized at our next election. Doesnt that make sense to you? When were we "allowed" to look at the city managers contract? You just stated that we have no right to question the hiring, firing, pay scale, or anything else since the city manager works ONLY for the city council. As I stated, I do NOT agree with that, I believe the City Manager works for all of us, just as the city council is supposed to. We can't each tell him what to do every day, obviously, but nonethless, since we pay his salary that does give us some rights here I believe. Not ALL of us voted the incumbents back in, believe me. "This person" WAS hired 10 months ago, so not sure what your closing statement refers to "hired for less money less than a year ago"? Less than what?
Gandhi November 16, 2012 at 09:15 AM
Possibly he should have dropped that dime BEFORE the election?
GD November 16, 2012 at 03:02 PM
It's not fiscally prudent for the city to open itself to a lawsuit by saying anything about a personnel matter at this time. If there was criminal wrongdoing, it will become public record via criminal charges. If monies were spent or stolen and the city needs to sue to recover those funds, that too will become a matter of public record.
Michelle Brown November 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Let's get real here...no one working for the government should be making that kind of money especially when we are laying teachers off left and right. If everyone who works for the city, county or school districts making $100,000 or more took a 10-15% paycut we could put millions if not a few billion back into our state's budget in no time.
GD November 16, 2012 at 03:23 PM
The school district is completely separate from the city. Even if the city laid off every worker it would do nothing for the schools. The state's legislative analyst says we're in for a state surplus by 2014.
Ned November 16, 2012 at 03:36 PM
We need to look at all the books. and watch them all the time. If there are unions there is going to be no good. It maybe to late for Temecula already. You already have city workers over paid and under work. the unions own Temecula already. Just look at our schools.
Ken Mayes November 16, 2012 at 06:27 PM
WhiteKnight Temecula is a council-manager government form, run by a city manager under direction of the city council. The citizens of the city have the duty to elect their representatives called city council members who make the decisions. This is the only power citizens have. You had the right to look at the current city managers contract last September when he was hired by the city council, all one has to do is read the city council agenda's, they are published on the cities web-site. You do have every right to question the decisions of your elected representatives but sometimes they make it difficult by withholding important information from the voting public until after you have voted which seems to happen a lot now-a-days. As to the statement that the current city manager was hired for less money, look at what the previous city manager was paid, over $315K + benefits this manager was hired for $210K + benefits. I believe this was done to kick off the campaign season leading up the current elections so the two incumbents could say look at what we did for you with the plan to terminate him once they got re-elected. Now they are going shopping for someone that will cost far more. Hang on to your wallets.
Brenda November 16, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Sheila, Why in the world would you stoop so low in a comments sections? Posting the personal information on a commentors family? Including their names, and a link to who and what they do? THAT IS TOTAL INSANITY, and I am sure you would not appreciate your personal information posted for the world to see, with phone numbers, all past history etc? I do not call names on here, but at this moment I cannot think of no other way to get my point across then to say that you are SCUM to have posted this information and you need to remove it immediately. This is entirely high schoolish and obviously the last resort of a desperate person. Please delete that post!
Brenda November 16, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I would hope that not only HER family and friends are horrified by her behavior in posting personal information on you Whiteknight, but also everyone here commenting and reading. Everyone please send a complaint in to patch on this post where Sheila Shaw gives out personal information for everyone to see. This is beyond stalking and needs to stop, and remember it could be you, so please hit the email of the editor above and complain of personal information being posted on this article.
Brenda November 16, 2012 at 08:58 PM
It is a scary city when our residents, or we think they are, get on here with fake names over and over again and do searches on other posters and then post that persons personal information on here. THAT IS SCARY and everyone here needs to think it can happen to you by one of these psychos, and complain to the editors. When posters are saying and listing a persons family members by name, addresses, where they work, ex wives, or husbands, childrens names, police records even if its a parking ticket for Godsake, someone has to stop this. And remember it could be your personal information your neighbor/commentor is posting here.
Blondie422 November 16, 2012 at 08:58 PM
That sounds fine until you add Genie Wilson being placed on administrative leave as well. Now the plot thickens. She has been with the city for over 20 years. What did the city council know before the election and why was it kept quiet until after the election. Temecula deserves better than this. We have a right to know what is going on at city hall.
Brenda November 16, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I totally agree Jim. I want to know exactly, every minute detail why they were terminated. What they found out, or what the City found out they were doing. Someone was doing something VERY Wrong, and we have the right to know, and lets make sure we do not let it go this time, like we always DO, until we get to the bottom of it.
Brenda November 16, 2012 at 09:03 PM
If WhiteKnight is also Gardenizer, I have NEVER known that person to use mean words, call names, list personal information on ANYONE, and has always been polite and actually tries to stop others from doing the above things. He/she/it has obviously reached her/his point of remaining calm after being so visciously attacked her, along with her personal information posted, her CHILDS name for heavens sake, and I would be going GONZO right now. Actually I believe she/he is composing his/herself very well considering.
Brenda November 16, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I will go.
Brenda November 16, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I think the majority of voters did not bother to investigate the "new" and just went along with the names they have known. Also some older folks just get caught up with the same people in office. I believe that is what happened, just ignorance or lack of time, knowledge to find out the other possiblilities available.
Brenda November 16, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Well the same ole "folks" in the same ole "chairs" obviously knew what these two were doing before the election and decided to NOT do anything until after..? Which is very strange, and as someone said, almost like they knew for sure these ole "chairs" were staying and could take care of this within a few days of "warming" their chairs back up right? Now if I was in a "chair" I dont care what would have been going on, re-election, death in the family, if someone was caught doing something against the City, they should have been brought down then. I also agree that yes possible lawsuits exist, but we still have the right to this information as it also reflects on who hired this person right? Throws a few interesting twists in there, one being here 20yrs, 1 being here a short time doesnt it?
Brenda November 16, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Oh God Ken, possibly more bad news in our future. But brings up again my questioning as to why this was done immediately after the election, knowing certain people would be warming the same chairs. But seriously wouldnt it have looked better for an election to have gotten rid of bad seeds during the elections? This just all, the timing, does not make a dang bit of sense for either during the election(obviously they knew then or someone did)or after the election. They have alot of questions to answer to and I hope we get them.
Enough Already November 16, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Enough Already, everyone please go to the next city council meeting Tues 7pm , demand answers to all the above questions and understand that unless we show up and ask questions our city government will give us no answers as there is NO TRANSPARENCY in our city government . Already Aaron Adams has said there will be no interruption in services- WHAT- we have a Bell Scandal and this is the answer we get . Again NO TRANSPARENCY and NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Inquiring minds want to know what is up . See you at city hall Tues 7pm
Jim November 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM
August 31, 2012 Mr. Patrick Richardson, Director of Development Services City of Temecula 41000 Main Street Temecula, CA 92589-9033 Dear Mr. Richardson: Subject: Housing Assets Transfer Form Pursuant to Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 34176 (a) (2), the City of Temecula submitted a Housing Assets Transfer Form (Form) to the California Department of Finance (Finance) on August 1, 2012 for the period February 1, 2012 through August 1, 2012. HSC section 34176 (e) defines a housing asset. Assets transferred deemed not to be a housing asset shall be returned to the successor agency. Finance has completed its review of your Form, which may have included obtaining clarification for various items. Based on a sample of line items reviewed and the application of law, Finance is objecting to the following assets or transfer of assets identified on your Form: •Exhibit C, Item 1 -The $4 million encumbrance is related to an Owner Participation Agreement (OPA) with Front Street Plaza Partners LLC, which was amended after June 27, 2011. HSC 34163 (c) prohibits an agency from amending or modifying any agreements, obligations, or commitments with any entity for any purpose after June 27,2011. Please direct inquiries to Beliz Chappuie, Supervisor or Mindy Patterson, Lead Analyst at (916) 445-1546. cc:Genie Wilson, Chief Financial Officer, City of Temecula
Enough Already November 16, 2012 at 10:59 PM
could this be related to the bogus unaudited 2.7 that magically appeared in Oct so the 2 incumbents could proudly claim it and ride the wave to victory. Wow what a city folks, they play with the money like it is monopoly , floating along until the day the citizens demand an independent audit and total transparency. Let us be the generation that holds their feet to the fire! Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Ken, the city manager and council according to the city's own flow chart answer to the citizens , although everyone knows they will never answer to us unless we demand it , start searching documents , calling for investigations and even then Chuck has gone on the record as saying we don't have to make these people happy( 2010 you tube). We all need to be at that council meeting and demand answers , we pay the taxes and put these stooges into office
Enough Already November 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Jim so they transferred RDA assets this is ILLEGAL- we need John Chaing to do an audit asap . I wonder how they all will look in orange jumpsuits, do you think it is their color?
Jim November 16, 2012 at 11:40 PM
The city coucil is probably working on a plan with the City Manager and Genie Wilson in order to have one good story so that no one goes down hard. This is corruption and the citizens have a right to know what is happening in their city.
GD November 16, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Transfer of RDA assets was not illegal if it went to a successor agency.
Jim November 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Most of the property was not transferred to the successor agency. The Redevelopment Agency property was quickly transferred to the City of Temecula. 16.1 Approve the action minutes of January 10, 2012.. 7 Approval of Grant Deeds for the transfer of Agency-owned properties from the Redevelopment Agency to the City of Temecula- Approve staff recommendation (5- 0-0) Agency Member Comerchero made the motion; it was seconded by Agency Member Washington; and electronic vote reflected unanimous approval. RECOMMENDATION: 17.1. Approve the Grant Deeds for the transfer of all Agency owned properties from the Redevelopment Agency to the City of Temecula, and adopt a resolution entitled: RESOLUTION NO. RDA12-03
Ken Mayes November 17, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I'm not sure where you learned civics but Temecula is a representative democracy which is a variety of democracy founded on the principle of elected people representing a group of people, as opposed to direct democracy. This means you elect the city council who in turn have the power to hire and fire the city manager as well as other high ranking city personnel. The citizens only power over the cities operation is through the city council either thru the normal election process or by way of recall. Seeing as how all this action has occurred within a week of the election there is only one choice left and seeing as how this vote was unanimous maybe its time for a whole new council.
MALIBUSHYLAH November 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Brenda - first off, get your vision check sweetie. I didn't post any LINK. That would be the doing of "GD". Secondly, all of the posts that "Whiteknight" "Gardendziner" "Linda McDonald" posted that contained her YELLING at several here and cussing people out (including me) when none of us was using any kind of vulgarity, those posts have been removed by the TP. That is why you haven't seen them and that is why you do not have the full picture. You came into this conversation 2 days late. Those posts were through out the day Wednesday/early Thursday. Call me scum, psycho, crazy, whatever. I could careless. PEACE OUT!
Gandhi November 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Thanks Brenda! Yes, I'm one and the same, and as you know, its not easy keeping one's composure on here sometimes. "Sheila" has been very nasty and negative to me as I'm sure you have read, along with the other cast of colorful characters, Popeye, etc. as you can see I have not "yelled" at anyone either, but resent those who try to keep distracting attention from themselves, our city council, by using false names, and continuing to run down rabbit trails by attempting to denigrate me personally, when I am not on trial here. I am NOT a politican, I was not elected to public office to SERVE Temecula, and I am not accountable to them or anyone. Posting newspaper article about myself and husband was waaaaay out of line, and can only make one wonder, WHY they are doing this? Obiviously I'm hitting too close to the mark and they want to distract others on here. Don't fall for it people, stick to the main topic, demand answers, your elected officials are the ones who need their personal and public lives analyzed while in office.
Gandhi November 20, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Ken, you do not need to preach to me about what the crooks are doing down at the Citytajmahall!! I disagree with your statment that our only power as citizens and taxpayers is to vote. WE the citizens are who those crooks work for, they are answerable to US, we can have them investigated, prosecuted, and removed from office. This is the course I recommend at this point, unless they "come clean" with what they have done. THEY HIRED THESE PEOPLE LESS THAN A YEAR AGO!! WHY are they getting rid of them so soon? Perfectly reasonable request, since WE pay their salaries. IF they try to go elsewhere I think the next city might hold US responsible if we neglected to let them know why they were let go here, dont you? Therefore this information should be made know to the citizens of Temecula as well. Kinda makes ya think they're trying to hide something doesnt it? Is that what they want? Or would they like some investigations made? We elected President Clinton to office, and yet apparently a large chunk of fanatics thought it was THEIR BUSINESS if he had sex in the oval office! That would NOT be our business if we went with YOUR statement, our only power was to elect him, wasnt it, or was it?
GD November 20, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Fact check, WhiteKnight. Bob Jones was hired less than a year ago. And heck yes, that needs to be questioned. Genie Wilson is a long time city employee, according to John Hunneman of the Press Enterprise. There's also an updated story on the PE website you might want to check out. Answers are needed. Sometimes it takes time to get them.
Gandhi November 20, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Whatever GD, sorry I didnt realize that Genie had been there so long, makes it all the more imperative to give citizens some idea as to why she and now the City Manager are both let go, and "difference in philosophy" as reported in news aint cuttin it for me! Yes, why wait until AFTER the election indeed! I dont trust Hunneman, myself, too much butt kissing goin on with reporters and politicans.

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