Johnson may get job extension

SHERRY JOHNSON, Westminster’s interim city manager (City of Westminster photo).

An extension of interim city manager Sherry Johnson’s contract to serve as the city’s top appointed official will go before the Westminster City Council when it meets on Wednesday.

The proposed extension would keep her in that post through Feb. 13, 2021.

Johnson was Westminster’s finance director when she was chosen to take over the reins of municipal government in January when then-City Manager Eddie Manfro announced his retirement. She has held the interim post since Feb. 15.

The city council appeared to have a candidate to fill the position of city manager in Chuong (Chu) Thai, but revelations about his employment history – including a termination from Monterey Park and a “separation agreement” from Stanton – raised a controversy about his fitness for the post and the council did not approve a contract with him.

Also on the agenda for Wednesday is a presentation on the Civic Center proposal from Sheldon Development.  The 8.32-acre parcel – which includes the Westminster Civic Center as well as the West Justice Center court complex ­– is proposed to be repurposed as a mixed-use development combining government uses with residential uses. In exchange for the use of the land, Sheldon would build new facilities including a new city hall, library and other buildings.

The Civic Center is located at 8200 Westminster Blvd., one block west of Beach Boulevard.  Wednesday’s meeting will again be held via webconference/teleconference only. A closed session is set for 5:30 p.m. and the open session at 7 p.m.




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