San Luis Harbor District hires former Morro Bay manager
October 29, 2015
The Port San Luis harbor commission voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint former Morro Bay city manager Andrea Lueker as the harbor district’s interim general manager. Lueker said she is seeking to become the harbor district’s permanent executive. [New Times]
Lueker rose the ranks in Morro Bay from lifeguard to city manager. She served as city manager from 2007 to Jan. 2014.
In 2013, Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons called for the firing of both Lueker and then city attorney Rob Schultz. The council majority then voted to place Lueker and Schultz on administrative leave, and the city reached severance agreements with both of them.
Neither Irons, nor members of the council, ever stated a reason for cutting ties with Lueker and Schultz.
Since Lueker’s departure from the city of Morro Bay, she has headed a nonprofit called the Morro Bay Community Quota Fund. The nonprofit works with a sector of the Morro Bay fishing industry.
The harbor manager position became available after the commission voted on Aug. 27 to not renew the contract of general manager Steve McGrath. The board voted 3-2, with three fisherman board members opposing the renewal of McGrath’s contract.
McGrath spent 10 years with the Port San Luis Harbor District. The board majority did not disclose the reason for their dissatisfaction with him.
However, several months ago, McGrath entered into negotiations for a harbor manager job at the San Mateo County Harbor District.