Los Osos general manager put on administrative leave
December 8, 2015
The Los Osos Community Services District Board of Directors has placed embattled General Manager Kathy Kivley on paid administrative leave. Kivley’s administrative leave took effect at 5 p.m. Friday.
Los Osos board members reviewed Kivley’s performance in a closed session hearing on Thursday and decided to place her on paid leave. The hearing following an investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds.
Following the closed session hearing, Kivley spoke with legal counsel and quickly left the board meeting.
A CalCoastNews analysis of district payroll recently found Kivley had been collecting pay for more administrative leave days then her contract allows. She had also been receiving more holiday pay than her contract permits, documents show.
Additionally, a recent audit of the district found Kivley engaged in questionable accounting practices during he first year on the job. In response to the audit, San Luis Obispo County Auditor-Controller Jim Erb sent a letter to Los Osos board members saying the findings should be of great concern to them.
In October, the board voted in closed session to hire private investigator Jim Gardiner to examine the allegations that Kivley misappropriated district funds.
After the closed session hearing Thursday, district legal counsel Mike Seitz asked Kivley to speak to him at the back of the room. Kivley then grabbed her purse and left.
The board reported no action following the review of Kively’s performance. It is expected the board will call a special meeting in the next few weeks to complete its discussion on Kivley’s employment with the district.