Morro Bay council puts city attorney on administrative leave
November 1, 2013
The Morro Bay City Council placed City Attorney Rob Schultz on administrative leave during a special closed session meeting Thursday. [Tribune]
The council has been discussing firing Schultz since September, and the city’s special counsel Steven Simas is negotiating a termination settlement with him.
Schultz’s contract calls for nine months of severance pay, which totals more than $100,000. However, the previous Morro Bay council improperly amended his contract during a November 2012 close session meeting. The council raised Schultz’s severance package from six months to nine months without finalizing the measure in open session.
But, Schultz contends that the previous council also improperly lowered his severance package from its original total of nine months during a 2011 closed session meeting.
In a September email exchange with a Tribune reporter, Schultz said that he notified the current council about the mistake in the handling of his severance pay, but the council chose not to correct the error.
Mayor Jamie Irons, who took office shortly after the improper raising of Schultz’s severance pay, has led the push to fire Schultz. Irons has not publicly stated his reason for attempting to fire Irons, and the mayor is currently facing a recall effort.
Thursday’s meeting marked the sixth special council meeting in October. The council has not scheduled any more meetings to discuss Scultz’s contract.
In September, the council also considered firing City Manager Andrea Lueker. But, the council has not since called any meetings to discuss her contract.