By Michael G. Stogner
Last night August 25, 2021 at a Closed Session Meeting Three council members terminated the new City Manager they just hired in January. They just cost the Taxpayers 9 months of his income. You would think after a national search and all the vetting that is involved to find the right person for the job plus a Pandemic that the three Hindi, Awasthi, Sullivan would have been able to work out whatever the problem was.
It’s pretty telling by the vote this termination was driven by Hindi, Awasthi, Sullivan. The question is What was it? Time will tell it always does.
Council voted 3-2 to Terminate City Manager
Yes: Hindi, Awasthi, Sullivan
No: Gehani, Froomin
Council voted 5-0 to appoint Police Chief Tracy Avelar as Acting City Manager.
A few things to consider San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy was involved in the hiring and vetting process. Was he advised or informed about the termination in advance?
$273,000 severance pay is the immediate cost to the Taxpayers of Foster City.
Is a Police Chief qualified to be an acting city manager at the same time she has a Full Time job?