Santa Ana City Manager Dave Ream abruptly retired today, effective immediately.Â He will stay on as a consultant through May 31, 2011 under a contract not to exceed $25,000. Ream will collect an as yet undetermined amount of sick and vacation pay but there is no additional severance package. His retirement is voluntary and he reached his decision to retire after the agenda for this past Monday’s Council Meeting was posted.
The announcement followed an emergency closes session meeting of the City Council Called by Mayor Miguel Pulido on Wednesday. Pulido indicated that the decison to retire immediately was a personal decision made by Ream. Dave decided it was time (to go),” Pulido said,Â ”and we should applaud a great individual who has done so much for this community.” Pulido said he chose to call the special meeting of the council rather than wait till the nextÂ regular meeting in order to move the process of transition forward.Â Pulido saidÂ ”Dave had been thinking about retiring for a while and we discussed it in October before the election. DaveÂ could have retired a couple years ago andÂ received his full pension.”
Councilman Bustamante added thatÂ forÂ ReamÂ ”it wasn’t about the money, he had no incentive to continue to work other than his commitment to the city.” Bustamante has volunteered to put together aÂ ”Roast” to recognize Ream’s 32 years of service to SantaÂ Ana.