Sanitation district delays vote on Wallace’s performance
February 12, 2013
The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board delayed making a decision on plant administrator John Wallace job performance during a special meeting Monday evening.
The district’s board chair Tony Ferrara, a staunch supporter of Wallace, called the special meeting following a request last week for an audit of the district’s finances and a review of a possible conflict of interest.
Wallace is the plant administrator and also the owner and president of the Wallace Group, which the district pays between $50,000 and $80,000 a month for engineering, consulting and administrative work. The sanitation district serves the residents of the Oceano Community Service District, Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach,
During a performance review in November, the three person board consisting of Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara, Grover Beach Councilman Bill Nichols and Oceano board member Matt Guerrero gave Wallace a positive performance review. Guerrero was the lone voice requesting a further review of Wallace and the Wallace Group.
In January, Grover Beach’s new mayor Debbie Peterson replaced Nichols on the sanitation district board. The newest board member came armed last week with a review of the district’s finances and the request for an audit.
After Monday’s meeting, the district’s attorney Mike Seitz said that it is likely the performance review and the request for an audit will be considered at the Feb. 20 board meeting.