Arroyo Grande manager on paid administrative leave

November 19, 2014
Council member Tim Brown

Council member Tim Brown

By DANIEL BLACKBURN

The Arroyo Grande City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to place embattled Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams on paid administrative leave after reviewing an investigation into an alleged sex scandal. The order takes place immediately, and Adams will draw full pay until a new manager can be named.

Following a closed session to determine Adams’ future, council member Tim Brown admitted that City Attorney Tim Carmel had informed him of a previous incident involving Adams and Community Development Director Teresa McClish, a subordinate employee. Brown’s statement came on the heels of repeated claims by city officials that there was no evidence Adams and  McClish were involved in a romantic relationship, nor was there proof of a cover-up by Ferrara and the council.

“I commend Mr. Carmel for revealing this,” Brown said.

Brown also said that outgoing Mayor Tony Ferrara had attempted to keep details of the July 3 incident from city council members. Ferrara, defeated in a stunning upset by write-in candidate Jim Hill, was not present at the meeting, opting instead to attend a conference in Texas. Before he left, however, Ferrara leveled a blast at Hill and his supporters, claiming Hill “hid behind an unethical and vicious write-in campaign.” Hill won by 95 votes.

Police officers found Adams and McClish in a darkened City Hall office on July 3 after the pair had been drinking at several local establishments. Memorandums written by five officers the night of the incident reported McClish was discovered partially dressed, an apparent violation of city policy.

The officers reported that Adams initially lied when asked if McClish was in the building, angrily questioning why police were in City Hall. Several years prior, Adams had insisted on firing a police sergeant for having a relationship with a subordinate employee.

Adams and Mayor Tony Ferrara claimed officers had lied about McClish being partially undressed in an attempt to manipulate salary negotiations. Those assertions were parroted by the daily paper, and one columnist called the situation “a pseudo scandal.”

However, according to a presentation Wednesday by Chuck Hookstra of Ventura’s Sentra Group, police acted in “an entirely appropriate and professional manner” in the aftermath of the affair.

It was the fourth time the council has met in closed session to disuss Adams’ behavior.

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MaryMalone

In addition, here is proof that at least Brown was in on the coverup.


MaryMalone

QUOTING THE ARTICLE: “Adams and Mayor Tony Ferrara claimed officers had lied about McClish being partially undressed in an attempt to manipulate salary negotiations. Those assertions were parroted by the daily paper, and one columnist called the situation “a pseudo scandal.”


Well, now….doesn’t the Tribune and SM Times look like incompetent dooshbags.


Perhaps they, too, should turn to CCN if they want to know what is going on.


doglover

THERE IS STILL NO APOLOGY TO THE POLICE


The City Manager & the MAYOR have BOTH publicly denigrated their own employees to benefit their lie.


God damn them!

They have done what we try our best to teach our children NOT to do.

They used the POLICE to PUBLICLY further their ridiculous need for power and perpetrate the COVER UP


Why did it take for so long ( from July 4th to August 19th) for this story to come out? There has to be more than people were afraid for their jobs. WHY?


We are not DONE HERE

The DA is next.


Oh and Carmel. He should look around cause he is gonna lose that fatty contract also.


dogeatdog

Nice Mouth is that what you teach children is to cuss like that?


MaryMalone

Brown also said that outgoing Mayor Tony Ferrara had attempted to keep details of the July 3 incident from city council members.


1. Wooops! Ferrara just got thrown under the bus. [waves to Ferrara]


2. I can see why he is in Texas now….I doubt he will attend any city council meetings in the future.


MaryMalone

Following a closed session to determine Adams’ future, council member Tim Brown admitted that City Attorney Tim Carmel had informed him of a previous incident involving Adams and Community Development Director Teresa McClish, a subordinate employee.


HOLY $HIT! There is the coverup!


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IronHub

“There was no cover-up.”

“There was a cover-up, but just a little one.”


Girlscout

Since the beginning of this investigation, behind closed doors and out of public view Steve Adams has made fun of and laughed about all of it, even calling the Council meeting like episodes of Seinfeld. I just wonder how funny it is now. Even the Seinfeld show came to an end…last night the meeting was almost like a breath of fresh air, to bad it took so long for some people to finally tell the truth.


doglover

Shame on them all for using city time and resources to continue to pay Mr. Adams his$13,000 a month salary so he could dress up as a statue ( making mockery of the entire process )


Oh yeah the District Attorney should be there.


aft50s

Why are folks touting Tim Brown as a “hero”? He should of come clean months ago-not wait until his boss (King Tony) is down-the-road.


He is exhibiting the typical politician two-step because he knows now that AG residents can and will take action.


I just don’t get it.


agag1

This could have all been handled months ago

had the City Attorney, Mayor and council done the right thing to begin with.


It’s obvious, and Mr Brown admitted, they wanted to give Steve a pass

because of his years of good service to AG.

Folks in the private sector find this shocking,

yet as we see from the actions of the previously mentioned,

it seems to be business as usual.


I appreciate Tim Brown stepping out, no doubt his decision to come clean

is not popular with the rest of the council who would have been content

to hide under the personnel umbrella Mr Carmel provides so often.


There must have been something of substance

in the report containing the personnel info,

there certainly wasn’t in the public version, not even confirmation or denial

of the infamous tea party, the crux of Steve’s original explanation for this whole mess.


Good to know the report didn’t cost the entire amount they’d allowed.

If Carmel would have wanted the truth to come out,

his original $1254 self authorized version would have told us

more than enough to get us to where we are now.


toryrand

When is Tim Brown going to come out about admitting that the Verdin contract was orchestrated by Tony.


toryrand

“Insider Trading” would be the equivalent charge in the private or securities industry.


whatsinaname

I think the council reacted properly last night. Sure, we’d like to see Adams terminated without pay, but in this day and age of lawsuits, I’m not sure it is worth having the city risk the money and time on a legal fight. In less than 2 weeks, there will be a new mayor on board that can speed up the replacement process as he sees fit. I’d rather see the new council clean up this mess than one led by Ferrara.


I thought Guthrie did a fine job of running the meeting and was glad Tim Brown said a few words.


Gordo

In the past, when Rick Terborch was police chief, the city council appointed him on two separate occassions as interim city manager while they searched for a permanent one. They could do the same thing now, although perhaps choose another city department for the interim position, if choosing Chief Annaboli might be too controversial.

At any rate they need an interim immediately so they can let Adams go permanently. With that and Ferrara’s departure the city can move forward.


Mike Byrd

The League of Cities has circuit riders available to provide interim city managers in a matter of days. They could have a qualified interim inboard next week.


doglover

Oops! one more Carmel is not fit either.


Check out his statements at the end of the meeting.


shelworth

And Teresa McClish’s 100 million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit starts in 3, 2, 1….


doglover

Looked like her attorney was at the meeting last night.. sitting n the front row.