Westminster

City manager appt. before council

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

Is Westminster finally getting a city manager?

A special meeting of the City Council has been called for Friday at 1 p.m. where the sole topic on the agenda is “public employee appointment – city manager.”

The city has been without a permanent top appointed executive since Eddie Manfro retired from the post in January. He had been city manager since 2012. Sherry Johnson, who had been serving as city finance director, became interim city manager in February. In August, Johnson received an extension to her contract as interim city manager to Feb. 13, 2021.

In July, it appeared the council majority had a candidate, Chuong (Chu) N. Thai, but revelations about his employment record caused an invitation to him to be withdrawn.

At his last public employer – the City of Monterey Park, where he worked as director of management services – he was placed on administrative leave and eventually terminated for questionable conduct including use of a city-issued credit card and his relationship with a person bidding on a city contract worth $600,000 to $700,000.

He served as administrative services director for the City of Stanton from April to August 2013, leaving employment there under a “separation agreement.”

He was director of management services for Monterey Park from January 2014 to April 2017 when he was terminated. He is currently involved in a lawsuit with that city.

The meeting will be held via web conference.

 

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