Oceano discussing terminating employee
April 15, 2013
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies are looking into allegations that the Oceano Community Services District’s beleaguered general manager committed perjury when he claimed he was an IRS-approved enrolled agent on his Form 700 statement of economic interest, which was signed under the penalty of perjury.
In the past, the OCSD Board of Directors has been supportive of Manager Tom Geaslen amid issues such as failing to file required reports to the state on time, and operating a corporation after it had been suspended by the California Franchise Tax Board.
At a special board meeting today at 9 a.m., board members are scheduled to discuss the discipline, dismissal or release of a public employee. Board members are not disclosing the name of that employee.
However, the only public employee the board has the ability to fire is Geaslen. While the board can terminate contracts with the district’s attorney and engineer, those contract negotiations usually are held in open session.
The IRS terminated Geaslen’s enrolled agent status in 2009. Nevertheless, he has continued to submit bills to local governments that claim he is an enrolled agent.
Geaslen frequently brags of his ability to get the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to give financial support because of his friendship with District 4 Supervisor Paul Teixeira. Geaslen’s wife Deb Geaslen is Teixeira’s legislative assistant.
During a March 13 board meeting, Geaslen responded to questions about funding for a proposed farmers’ market by pointing out his ties to the board of supervisors.
“You know the network I run with and I all need to do is say, hey, I’m trying to do this. I’ve never been turned down for support before,” Geaslen said.