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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Hemet city council places city manager on paid administrative leave

 

Last updated 3/14/2019 at 4pm



The Hemet City Council coming out of a closed session Tuesday, March 12, placed City Manager Allen Parker on paid administrative leave until a personnel evaluation is complete.

The announcement with the council coming out of closed session made by Hemet City Attorney Eric Vail gave no reason for the council’s action. Because the action taken on Parker is considered a personnel matter, the council is not required to give out any public any information until any action, if taken, is completed.

Parker is the latest of 12 city managers called to serve the city of Hemet since 2000, He was hired in August 2017 after resigning as San Bernardino’s City Manager in December 2015.

After Parker was notified of the council’s action assistant city manager Christopher Lopez was named as the Interim City Manager until Parker council evaluation is completed. No date was given for when the evaluation would be concluded.

Parker will continue being paid during his administrative leave time. His annual salary is set at $200,004.

The decision was made by four or the five city councilmembers. Voting to place Parker on paid administrative leave was Mayor Bonnie Wright, Mayor Pro tem Russ Brown and Councilwoman Linda Krupa. Councilman Michael Perciful was the only no vote. Councilwoman Karlee Meyer, while present at the earlier regular council meeting, was absent from the continued closed session when the Parker leave action was taken.

When the council hired Parker the city was just coming out of the Great Recession. Upon hiring him it was asked if he could bring a proposed balanced budget to the council absent from the then-new Measure U sales tax measure that was designated only for public safety use.

He did so as requested, however, police and fire MOU’s substantially increased putting a strain on the 2018-19 balanced budget plan. A proposed 2019-20 fiscal year budget for the city is still being formulated by the city manager’s office and was to be introduced next month.

 

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