In the continuing saga of mistakes ans missteps, the City Council of Santa Ana has made Keystone Cops look coordinated. The latest questions regarding the search for a new City Manager is a solid example of what happens when people don’t follow the rules.
It was revealed last week by Adam Elmahrek of the Voice of OC that the consultant hired to coordinate the search for a new City Manager was instructed to cease work on that project until the beginning of the year. This was an apparent surprise to at least three members of the City Council.
When asked about the situation on Thursday night at a community forum regarding the City Manager search, Council members Benavides and Martinez, could not explain how the search was cancelled without official Council action. “We will have to wait till the closed session on Monday to figure it out,” said Councilman David Benevides. He and Michele Martinez did confirm that the search was “on hold.”
Former mayoral candidate Thomas Gordon wrote in an email to City Clerk Maria Huizar “I’m told that there was a vote taken at yesterdays closed session council meeting with regards to suspending the City Manager search. Would you please disclose the vote count and breakdown by council member.” In response Huizar worte, “It was reported as such, but no formal vote was taken either in closed or open session,”
So what is it? Did they vote or not? Who called the search consultant to stop the search?