Oceano agrees to settlement with terminated manager
June 11, 2011
At a special meeting on Friday, Oceano officials agreed to pay former General Manager Raffaele Montemurro $12,408 in a settlement agreement in which both parties agreed not to file a lawsuit or any claim against the other.
Montemurro’s settlement was less than the three months salary he was contracted to receive if terminated in good standing and more than what he was slated to receive if terminated for cause, no severance pay.
In the end, Montemurro received a severance equal to two months’ salary.
Oceano Community Services District legal counsel Molly Thurmond said that the decision was made in order to avoid litigation in the future.
Montemurro was terminated on May 31 shortly after information that he appeared to be overpaying himself became public. A CalCoastNews investigation showed Montemurro was paying himself for 40 hour per week of pay while also paying himself 10 hours per week in sick pay.
Near the end of the meeting, the directors discussed concerns about Montemurro’s uninvited visits to directors’ homes, businesses and the district office. The board agreed to have Thurmond send a letter to Montemurro asking him to stay away from the district office and directors’ homes and businesses.