King City to hire former AG manager Steve Adams

October 23, 2015
Steve Adams

Steve Adams

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.

City Manager Steve Adams and Teresa McClish

City Manager Steve Adams and Teresa McClish

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.



  1. hijinks2 says:

    Considering the corruption and scandals in King City, Steve Adams will fit right in. Steve, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Husbands in King City watch out, hump ditty, hump ditty Adams is in town!.

    Someone commented on what an upstanding person he is – the sex scandal is the only thing he couldn’t suppress. His career is wrought with hidden misconduct.

    (3) 11 Total Votes - 7 up - 4 down
  2. Russ J says:

    From A.G. to King city, have you been there lately? Enjoy your evenings, strolling the down town scene. Habla ingles? Guess you gotta climb your way back from somewhere.

    (9) 11 Total Votes - 10 up - 1 down
  3. NorthCountyGuy says:

    Its fitting that Adams will be busy dodging bullets from the Drug Gangs there.

    (9) 11 Total Votes - 10 up - 1 down
  4. SamLouis says:

    Did McClish ever get canned?

    (6) 10 Total Votes - 8 up - 2 down
    • justbeware says:

      I don’t believe so.

      (3) 5 Total Votes - 4 up - 1 down
    • kayaknut says:

      You have to know she would and likely still will sue if she is ever fired. Because the city so poorly handled the problem, thanks to our bumbling city attorney, it is too late to do what is right and fire her.

      (6) 8 Total Votes - 7 up - 1 down
  5. Mitch C says:

    I worked with Steve Adamsfor numerous years and the King City populous is very fortunate to have him as a city manager. He is truly a gifted professional. He will do the city proud.

    (-12) 48 Total Votes - 18 up - 30 down
    • hijinks2 says:

      What are you smoking. The sex scandal cost the City millions – staff time, consultants’ time and of course down time or is that going down time!!

      (3) 7 Total Votes - 5 up - 2 down
  6. slojustice says:

    King City will save a lot of money on electricity. Mr Adams often works in the dark.

    (32) 54 Total Votes - 43 up - 11 down
  7. ironyman2000 says:

    Good for King City. It seems to know where to place its molehills……away from the mountains.

    (3) 15 Total Votes - 9 up - 6 down

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