King City to hire former AG manager Steve Adams
October 23, 2015
After searching statewide for a new city manager, the city council of King City decided on ousted Arroyo Grande executive Steve Adams.
The council unanimously concluded Adams is the best candidate to serve as city manager, a King City press release states. The council is expected to formally hire Adams on Tuesday, and he is tentatively scheduled to begin work in King City on Nov. 9.
On July 3, 2014, five Arroyo Grande police officers caught Adams and a subordinate employee in a darkened city hall. A summer-long sex scandal ensued, and Adams resigned from his position after the Arroyo Grande council placed him on administrative leave.
During the controversy, 16-year incumbent mayor Tony Ferara, who defended Adams, lost to then write-in candidate Jim Hill. Earlier this year, long-term city attorney Tim Carmel turned over his duties as Arroyo Grande’s legal counsel to a partner at his law firm.
Carmel led the investigation into the alleged affair between Adams and then-community development director Teresa McClish. The investigation only resulted in a verbal reprimand, even though the July 2014 incident was not the first time Adams and McClish had been caught engaging in inappropriate behavior.
The news release announcing Adams’ hire states the 2014 incident was thoroughly investigated at the time and it led to Adams’ decision to resign.
“The council concluded that the incident did not disqualify Mr. Adams from consideration as it was the only item of question in what has been a long and distinguished career,” the King City press release states.
Search firm Avery and Associates led the statewide hunt that ended with the King City Council selecting Adams.
News broadcaster KION reports Adams will receive a $152,000 salary in King City. Adams does not speak Spanish, but he is working to learn the language, the report states.
“My wife and I look forward to moving to King City and becoming active members of the community,” Adams is quoted as saying in the city press release.