Arroyo Grande city manager terminated

June 29, 2016

Dianne Thompson

The Arroyo Grande City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to fire its General Manager Dianne Thompson, who the council placed on paid administrative leave last week.

Thompson will receive six months severance pay, or approximately $115,000. While the council did not provide a reason for Thompson’s termination, inside sources said that several high-ranking city staffers had voiced concern about Thompson’s job performance.

Because Thompson worked for the city for less than a year, if the city council engages the recruiter who vetted Thompson, Peckham and McKenney Executive Search, they will only be charged expenses. Even so, some members of the public question the firms vetting process as a quick internet search shows that Thompson had similar issues with previous employers.

In Aug. 2015, Thompson began working as the Arroyo Grande city manager for an annual compensation of approximately $229,000, including salary and benefits. During the past 10 months, members of the public and the council have questioned Thompson’s performance.

While Thompson touted the importance of transparency, she failed to return phone calls to the press, members of the public and even some council members.

In closed session, the council voted to have Director of Public Works Geoff English serve as interim city manager while they begin the search for a new city manager.

After 14 years as city manager, in Nov. 2014, the Arroyo Grande City Council voted unanimously to place Steve Adams on paid administrative leave after reviewing an investigation into an alleged sex scandal. The council then voted to terminate Adams and search for a new city manager.


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24 Comments

  1. hijinks2 says:

    Another example of how utterly incompetent our elected officials. By the Debbie malicot has no business in upper management here or anywhere

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

    Maybe AR should call up Jim App – he is probably available for temporary duty as city manager. With his vast amount of superior knowledge, he wouldn’t charge more than about $15K o week. And you wouldn’t even need to use that well respected executive search group to find him.

    (0) 2 Total Votes - 1 up - 1 down
  3. sezlittle1 says:

    Purely from an operations standpoint Adams was one of the best city managers in the county at 50% less in income. Other than his poor judgement-what were the other issues? Bring him back and I assure you the city will humm again.

    (-10) 18 Total Votes - 4 up - 14 down
    • kayaknut says:

      ” Adams was one of the best city managers” and “Other than his poor judgement”. just what a city needs in a city manager, one with poor judgement??? We have had enough of that.

      (12) 12 Total Votes - 12 up - 0 down
  4. AGDUDE says:

    Thank you All Very Much, I ‘m here To Rob You Blind Signed The Public Worker!..

    What Kinda Crap is this?….

    (13) 15 Total Votes - 14 up - 1 down

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