By Michael G. Stogner
Evan Adams is a Foster City Planning Commissioner which is an appointed position, which means he works at the pleasure of the elected officials, The same officials that just fired the recently hired City Manager Dr. Peter Pirnejad on August 25, 2021.
Foster City Together is a Facebook Page, Evan Adams is currently the sole administrator.
The August 25, 2021 Closed Session Meeting which resulted in the FIRING of Dr. Peter Prinejad, the recently hired City Manager was not mentioned on Foster City Together on or before August 26, 2021.
Why did Evan Adams not inform the residents in advance of the August 25, 2021 Meeting? There were no public Comments or e-mails submitted by any of the residents?
Tracy is a great community servant. She is also active in our local Rotary who’s mission is service. They provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through a fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
The Rotary Mission Statement is: “Service above Self” and One Profits Most Who Serves Best.
Nobody is questioning Tracy or the Rotary, but since Evan Adams mentioned it, Today in San Mateo County Superior Court at 1:30 PM, One of San Mateo County’s most well known Rotary Member, Barbara Bonilla has a hearing, the residents will recall she was escorted out of her office as the Executive Director of the San Mateo County Sheriff Activity League on February 10, 2020, She was Investigated for Embezzlement and Money Laundering by the State of California Attorney Generals Office and San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. To my knowledge Rotary has not said one word publicly about that.
People should know, it is not at all uncommon in San Mateo County or for that matter California for a Chief of Police to fill in temporarily as an acting city manager.
Police departments are basically self contained and they have redundancy. A police chief is uniquely suited to manage crisis. They already stay essentially 24hour a day on call. Regularly checking in at 1-5 am.
One of the most important things a city provides is public safety and in the event of a public safety event during this hopefully short transition she can balance both roles. It is clear from the wording of public materials this is a very temporary role (acting not interim is the title) as the city finds a quality leader who can come in at an interim position.
As you can see Evan Adams comes across as a very knowledgeable San Mateo County government official. If Evan could give some examples of Police Chiefs in SMC filling in as Acting City Managers, I would like to see them.
The idea that a Foster City appointed official is the sole administrator of a Facebook page called “Foster City Together” is simply, WRONG.
Whoever the next City Manager is should correct this on his or her first day.