By Michael G. Stogner
Update: At the conclusion of the August 25, 2021 City Council special closed session meeting, the City announced that the City Council/Board has exercised its option to terminate the employment agreement with City/District Manager, Peter Pirnejad, effective immediately. Under the terms of the employment agreement with Mr. Pirnejad, this termination is without reference to cause. Since this termination is occurring within the first 24 months of the effective date of the employment agreement, Mr. Pirnejad will receive severance pay of nine (9) months base salary upon execution of a general release agreement.
At the August 25th meeting, the City Council/Board also appointed Police Chief Tracy Avelar as Acting City Manager, effective immediately, until such time as an Interim City Manager is identified. The City Council/Board will move quickly to identify a suitable candidate for the Interim City Manager role and to establish a process for recruiting a new City Manager.
What was the urgency to get rid of the New City Manager?
Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release (Government Code § 54957)
Public Employee Appointment (Government Code § 54957)
Title: Acting City/District Manager 3. Public Employment (Government Code § 54957)
Title: Interim City/District Manager
Foster City assistant City Manager just left on August 11, 2021 so it’s not about him.
Peter Pirnejad City Manager for Foster City — was just Appointed Effective January 4, 2021 less than 9 months ago after a Nationwide Search.