Oceano appoints interim general manager
June 17, 2013
The Oceano Services District Board of Directors appointed an interim general manager last week to replace the Tom Geaslen, who was recently terminated for cause.
Former City Administrator of Lompoc Gary Keefe will serve as district general manager until the board finds a full-time replacement. Keefe will receive a salary of $54 an hour.
Last month, the board fired Geaslen and ordered him to repay the district $36,962. The board and Geaslen agreed not to discuss the nature of the dispute or make disparaging comments about the other party.
Geaslen’s firing came amid a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office investigation into allegations that the former general manager committed perjury when he claimed he was an IRS-approved enrolled agent on a Form 700 statement of economic interest he signed under the penalty of perjury.
Prior to Geaslen’s hire, the board fired his predecessor Raffaele Montemurro without cause.
Keefe served as city administrator of Lompoc from 2002 to 2008, when he retired. He currently serves as a commissioner to the Santa Barbara County Human Services Commission and the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Commission.
“We are honored that Mr. Keefe was willing to step in and assist our district while we work to find the right person for the permanent general manager position,” board vice president Mary Lucey said. “We are looking forward to working with Mr. Keefe and continuing the work of moving this district in the right direction.”