Oceano officials abandon ship
July 2, 2013
Another Oceano Community Services District Board member has resigned and the attorney firm representing the district has stepped away.
Felma Hurdle sent a letter of resignation to the district on June 21 saying that it is in her best interest to “step aside.”
The board appointed Hurdle and Rick Searcy in 2011 to replace former board members Jim Hill and Carole Henson who resigned because of disagreements with then district manager Raffaele Montemurro. Searcy then resigned in May 2012 following an arrest for drunk driving.
Last week, the district board voted to appoint a replacement for Hurdle.
The board is also looking for new legal counsel after the law firm of Hall, Hieatt & Connely informed the district they will no longer serve as its legal counsel. The announcement was made shortly after CalCoastNews reported the firm was charging the district for doing background checks on activists who questioned former district manager Tom Geaslen’s actions.
The district is also looking for a new general manager. In April, the board voted to terminate Geaslen for cause. The board agreed in writing not to discuss the reasons for Geaslen’s termination if he paid the district back $36,962.