Arroyo Grande Council to review Adams’ performance

September 7, 2014
Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams

Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams

Shortly after the release of police officer reports of a late night romantic rendezvous at Arroyo Grande City Hall between City Manager Steve Adams and a subordinate, city officials placed a public employee performance evaluation of Adams on the agenda. It is the last item on the agenda Tuesday and will conducted in closed session. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

On July 3, Community Development Director Teresa McClish’s husband called 911 to report that his wife had not arrived home and he was worried because she had a heart condition. Officers then discovered a partially-dressed McClish holding her clothes in front of her chest in Adam’s office. Adams then became angry with officers, according to officer reports.

Deputy City Attorney Michael McMahon told the public during an Aug. 23 city council meeting that his investigation did not uncover any evidence of a romantic relationship.

Teresa McClish

Teresa McClish

However, at that time, council members had already read the police reports that included several officers noting that Adams originally lied about McClish being in his office. However, because the officer first called McClish by her nickname, Trish McClish, some city officials determined it was not a lie.

In addition, several of the officers also said McClish was partially dressed when they spotted her hiding behind Adams’ office door. In this case, city officials have pointed at salary negotiation as a possible motivation for officers to misreport the facts.

At the Aug. 23 meeting, about 80 locals including about a dozen officers showed their support for an independent investigation into the July 3 City Hall rendezvous. The council then agreed to set a date to consider an independent investigation into the incident.

The daily paper responded by producing an editorial that railed against an independent investigation, while calling CalCoastNews reporting “slimy.” This occurred after several police staffers informed Tribune reporters that McClish was partially dressed when they found her in City Hall with her boss, police sources said.

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  1. doglover says:

    They have lied.
    End of story.

    Trust is gone.
    Write in candidate vs. King Tony only hope.

    Go for it!

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  2. AGDUDE says:

    After All these years these Retreads are all a Joke…Some leadership .

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  3. agag1 says:

    City Manager is not the position for a bold-faced LIAR.
    A two minute investigation would prove Adams is a liar.

    City Council is complicit if they do not authorize an impartial investigation.
    One thing is for sure, you’re not going to find the truth if you don’t look for it!

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  4. dogeatdog says:


    I would be willing to bet my home that our council we go behind closed doors tonight, and when they come out, there will be no independent investigation.

    TONY FERRARA vote will be NO

    KRISTEN BARNEICH vote will be NO

    JOE COSTELLO vote will be NO

    TIM BROWN vote will be YES

    JIM GUTHRIE vote will be ………..probably no

    Why did we not have all the statements taken by the attorney under oath? The city does not want the truth to come out.

    McMahon might have asked some difficult questions, but did he ask the correct questions to get to the bottom of this cover up?

    This is about a COVER UP, not about whether they had sex. This is about trusting the people we put in office.If they decide tonight not to do anything else, but sweep it under the rug, like they do with so many others issues. I for one will not have any confidence left for our elected officials.

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