City Council fires city manager, hires former community development director

January 15, 2010

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 15, 2010

At a special City Council meeting Tuesday night, the City Council voted 6-1 to terminate City Manager John Starbard’s contract without cause, effective immediately. The only dissenting vote was that of Councilman Sonny Putter.

In terminating Starbard’s contract without cause, the city must pay Starbard his full salary for six months as severance pay. Starbard’s total severance pay will be $66,500, as his annual salary was $133,000.

In another 6-1 vote, with Putter dissenting once more, the council appointed Rob Wyman, former community development director for the city, to take over as interim city manager for the next six months.

Wyman worked for the city from 1998-2006.

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Public Works director, parks commissioner resign

January 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 15, 2010

Public Works Director Maiya Andrews submitted her resignation to then-City Manager John Starbard Jan. 11, and her resignation will take effect Feb. 10.

However, the news was not publicly announced until Jan. 13, when interim City Manager Rob Wyman sent an e-mail to city staff members.

Also, Parks Commissioner Curtis Gray submitted his resignation to city officials yesterday morning, and his resignation took effect immediately.

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