One of the agenda items for the next Anaheim city council meeting is the employment status of current interim Anaheim City Attorney Arturo Fierro, and if Mayor Tom Tait has his way, Fierro will be fired after five weeks on the job. Besides playing Scrooge instead of the Mayor of the City of Kindness, Tait wants to fire the successful candidate of a months long search and hire someone who doesn’t want the job.
Tait wants Fierro fired — which comes at a cost of half of Fierro’s $210,500 salary as a severance — and hire Kristin Pelletier, who sources tell TheLiberalOC doesn’t even want the job.
Fierro came to Anaheim from Chino, where he was the assistant city attorney. He was also a contract city attorney for the cities of Coachella and Cudahy. He graduated from Harvard Law and is a partner at the Chino-based Gutierrez, Fierro & Erickson. He is (was) the first Latino to hold the post in Anaheim; Cristina Talley was the first Latina to hold the job.
Fierro was the successful candidate from a national recruitment drive that garnered 25 applications for the position.
Firing Fierro means he collects $105K severance and the city is on the hook for whatever expense they paid the recruiting firm, which now faces a daunting task of trying to recruit another City Attorney to Anaheim. Goodluck with that.
The Tait majority is reportedly looking at canning City Manager Paul Emery and if that happens, it will be 5 city managers since Tait was sworn in. The previous three all had issues with Tait’s management style.
So while Fierro is hardly Tiny Tim here, its a joke that Tait carries on about Anaheim being a “city of kindness” by firing a qualified professional weeks into a new job. I have to wonder if Tait runs his business this way.
And for new members of the council to vote to oust Fierro without giving the attorney a chance to work with them at all simply shows Tait has puppet strings on them and isn’t afraid to pull them.
Merry Christmas Arturo; now clean out your desk. Astonishingly bad management on the part of the unkind Mayor Tait.
Pass the coal……