City of Kindness? You’re Fired after 5 Weeks and a National Search. Merry Christmas

Arturo Fierro

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……


  10 comments for “City of Kindness? You’re Fired after 5 Weeks and a National Search. Merry Christmas

  1. C'mon Josr
    December 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Paging Jose Moreno. Are you Tait’s bitch or your own man?

  2. December 20, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Again with the lying about Wingenroth eh? Everyone knows he got driven off by the Kleptos for advising against the Gardenwalk Giveaway, just like Cristina Talley was fired for advising against fighting district elections. You gotta get your Anaheim info from more sources than just the same couple of seventh -floor kleptopologists you may have made contact with.

    • December 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Not true Vern; Tait drove him off. Ask him

    • Matthew Cunningham
      December 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      “Everyone knows he got driven off by the Kleptos…”

      No he wasn’t. I think he was a) in over his head and b) tired of the council conflict all around. Admit it or not, but Tait was/is a major driver of that conflict.

      “…just like Cristina Talley was fired for advising against fighting district elections.”

      Right. Then why was she fired from her other city attorney job? Did she advise against fighting a CVRA lawsuit there?

      But at least you implicitly called BS on her lame “they fired me because I’m Latina” lawsuit.

  3. Gustavo Arellano
    December 21, 2016 at 8:43 am

    It’s so cute to see Matty sharing your stories—can’t wait to see you run his pieces defending pedophile protectors or mocking the homeless!

    • Miguel
      December 21, 2016 at 9:39 am

      And Matt can run Gustavo’s stories calling Dr. Moreno a “race hustler.”

    • December 21, 2016 at 10:06 am

      when can I share your pieces on the evils of sex trafficking by and those who profited from them — like you? Oh, that’s right….you haven’t ever owned up to it. Does that mean some of your paycheck was earned on the backs of 15 year old runaways forced into prostitution and sold on a site your publication derived income from?

  4. Anonymous
    December 21, 2016 at 11:54 am

    OC Weakly, where every massage parlor ad leads to a happy ending

  5. December 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    from An OJ blog post by Vern, this gem:

    “Jose smoothly turned it around on them – “Personally, I RESENT the fact that you forced us to do this, that you left this on our laps. We have no choice.”

    You could have chosen to work with the new attorney; instead, you voted as your master Tait instructed you to do.

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