Morro Bay approves new city manager contract
August 28, 2014
The Morro Bay City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve a contract for a controversial former Army Colonel hired as the new city manager.
In total compensation, the city council voted to pay David Buckingham $199,000 for his first year. The council also agreed to pay $15,000 for Buckingham to move his family from Virginia.
Councilwoman Nancy Johnson was the lone vote against the contract. Shortly after information surfaced that the retiring Army colonel had an employment dispute with the city of Bishop, Johnson became skeptical of him.
In addition to Buckingham’s employment dispute with Bishop, the Army colonel is also recently removed from a job in the military. Following a July 4, 2013 incident in Vicenza, Italy, in which Buckingham verbally quarreled with a military policeman, Army brass removed him from his position of base commander.