H-MORRO BAY

Oct 22, 2013 1:43 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Morro Bay city council votes to part ways with City Attorney Robert Schultz

The Morro Bay city council spent more than three hours on Monday night in a closed-session meeting to discuss the fate of city attorney Robert Schultz. The council voted to move forward with plans to part ways with Schultz. Mayor Jamie Irons has not given any reason for why the council would want to let Schultz go. There are laws which protect the city and employees from having to discuss personnel issues publicly. Irons told KSBY News that Schultz is not being terminated, rather a separation agreement will be made between Schultz and the council's legal advisor, Steve Simas. The terms of the agreement, like how much Schultz will get paid, will be kept private. Irons said whatever they can legally report, will be made public. In September, the council approved $12,500 to hire a legal counsel to advise them on matters involving the city attorney and the city manager. Last week, the council hired Simas and Associates, a law firm out of San Luis Obispo. Simas and Associates also has offices in Sacramento. "We truly, I truly want to see, you know, everything operate as normal in our city. And, you know, we've got a lot of talented employees in our city that are doing just that. So, the expectations that our employees will do the job that they're that they know how to do. We'll get through this, we'll move forward," said Irons. Dozens came out and spoke in support of Schultz and also in support of City Manager Andrea Leuker. There have been discussions to fire Leuker as well. But, just like Schultz, no one has said why. Rick Grantham, the Chairman of the Morro Bay Planning Commission said, "When we're just told, 'okay you can make your comment you all go now, and we're gonna decide the fate of these good people', something is wrong about that to me. It's secretive and makes me feel there's not a very good reason for it." The vote in Monday night's closed-session meeting to agree to a separation was not unanimous. Irons said it was a 3-2 vote. The council will hold a special open session meeting on Friday at 9am to discuss the search for an interim city attorney.

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