Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sierra Madre's 3 Big Retirements - Completely Voluntary?

 
Mod: A recent Pasadena Star News article makes the claim that the timing of the retirements of three senior level Sierra Madre officials was coincidental. The assumption being that these departures were completely voluntary and based on age. Others have said that all three were quietly forced out as the City Council recognizes the critical need for new and more creative leadership during challenging times. A perspective that was not recognized in the PSN article, or anywhere else. So what is your take here? Voluntary retirements or forced exits?

Sierra Madre’s leadership takes a hit with several simultaneous retirements Sierra Madre’s city manager, police chief and public works director have announced plans to retire from the city in December, according to city staff.

The exits, combined with an assistant city manager who left in July, leaves little of the city’s leadership intact. But officials say they’re hopeful a new city manager will start by January.

“We anticipated some of those retirements,” said Councilwoman Rachelle Arizmendi. “If our timing is right — we are already expediting the process to ensure we have a city manager within the next month or so — it’ll allow for some training and transition to happen.”

The three-months notice gave the city some time to find replacements, Arizmendi said. The City Council is already working with an executive recruitment firm to find its next city manager.

Sierra Madre intends to assign staff to interim leadership roles until the new city manager can hire replacements for the police chief and public works director.

Assistant City Manager Elisa Cox kicked off the resignations and retirements when she left for a job in Rancho Cucamonga in July. Then earlier this month, City Manager Elaine Aguilar announced she would retire in December. Public Safety Director and Police Chief Larry Giannone, a 9-year employee, and Public Works Director Bruce Inman, a 19-year employee, followed with similar announcements on Wednesday.

Inman is one of the city’s longest serving employees, officials said.

Aguilar said the timing is coincidental and does not indicate any turmoil in city hall. All three have individually worked in the public sector for decades.

“We’re all baby boomers and there’s a lot of folks like me, and the directors, who have been in their positions for a long time and have reached retirement age all at the same time,” she said.

Mod: The rest of the article is available here.

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29 comments:

  1. None of them were forced out.

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    1. Could there have been a nudge in that direction?

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    2. No transparency these days in the City of Sierra Madre. In the good old days we had 'volunteers' staffing some positions at City Hall.It was a great check+balance to the lies and deceit that is the standard procedure now.
      Thank goodness Tattler does the digging for us. Are we not as citizens and tax payers allowed to be told the truth?

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  2. It is quite a coincidence.

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  3. None were forced out; but they did work closely with Elaine, and employees dare not step out of line or think independently. The exception being Mr. Inman's department where much input was welcome.

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    1. Input was welcome? Bruce never had a thought of his own, except how to duck responsibility.

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    2. Someone on the Tattler really, really doesn't like Bruce. But I'll tell you he was as competent as anyone could be without the one qualification that was necessary to excel at his job. He was not an engineer. That left him vulnerable when it came to contracts. Otherwise, a good manager for a good crew. But, that's why Chris Cimino as good as he is, has the same problem and should not be elevated to department head. We should all be careful what we wish for, we may get a city manager, or administrator who would be a disaster for the city, such as michelle keith.

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  4. All three know the city is falling apart. They do not want to be on the ship when it sinks.

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    1. Cox and the librarian knew too.

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    2. No falling apart. The saboteurs are leaving. Now we have a chance to get decent ,hones management without the pro-union Ponzi scheme - if the CC steps up.

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    3. That is a very big "IF".

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  5. Odd that Elisa would apply else where,when she was next in line for Elaine's position. Then Elaine posts her retirement. Does Elaine Aguilar know something new about the state of the City and its future?

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    1. Simple - Elisa knows where the corpses are. And if she stayed she might be incriminated.There has been a lot of evil doings in City Hall during the Aguillar era. Aided and abetted by willing conspirators like Inman , Chris Cimino and Cox.
      Throw all the bums out and start over !

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    2. Elisa followed Gillison. I think they are both going to make more money eventually than they could here. And with a complacent resident population.

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    3. Complacent is the nicer word. Rancho Kook is a train wreck.

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  6. Where did you get that picture?

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  7. Are these retirements now because they are at the top earning numbers and can't position for more?

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    1. Probably.
      My guess is that all of the above are true - they are of an age, the city is not happy with their performances and the wrecks they are leaving behind, they've got everything they are going to get....

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  8. The management has generally compared this City to less populated Northern California Cities that operate with an Administrator. What would the savings be if Sierra Madre went back to an Administrator?

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  9. I think Chris C. would be a great asset to the City, in heading up that Department. But it is in such a mess that he would be foolish to accept.

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  10. Bruce is alright. He did award most contracts to acquaintances and City employees on the side. But most all those guys were good with cement work. Maybe he over spent on up grades right before the "wells" went dry. Or may nor have checked a box or two, in order to receive water from the County. But other than that; Bruce did alright. Sam Simpson that ran the Department before Bruce was a bit of a stick in the mud; and the town had water tunnels up in the hills back then. Old days gone bye.

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    1. Bruce is a paper-pusher who never did a thing for the preservation of the town or its precious water.

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  11. Police Chief Betts was the best. He listened and was part of this Community. He also listened to his officers and put many of their recommendations in place.

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  12. Change is a good thing in Sierra Madre and this house cleaning was long overdue. It is a great opportunity for fresh thinking and enthusiasm for our wonderful city.

    Mayor Crapiocca and the city council can all resign and the city will be better still.

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  13. Wouldn't it be funny if when everyone including the city council is gone and the city remains the same or worse? Who are you going to blame then?

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    1. Why would that be funny?

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    2. I'm going to blame you, 11:45. How are you planning to get rid of the city council?

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  14. You will start to see this more - particulary within the next few years ... not just at Sierra Madre but other Cities as well. For those who started their careers with Cities during their early 20's and are now in their 50's ... it makes sense to leave towards the end of the year ... and if they bought service credits then then can start retiring at about age 52 and up. As long as they have 20-25 years service and are at age 55 they can retire as they will be receiving their full pensions. It will continue to happen for the next few years ...

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