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At a Special Meeting held Monday evening, the Temple City City Council voted unanimously to terminate the employment agreement of City Manager Jose Pulido effective February 12, 2014.
In accordance with Pulido’s contract, he will be on paid administrative leave for 30 days and then receive a severance payment equal to six months of his base salary ($17,244.93/mo.). Mayor Cynthia Sternquist stated, “The Council and Mr. Pulido enjoyed a productive working relationship and moved the City forward in a positive fashion. However, the Council’s evaluation was that they needed stronger leadership to lead Temple City into the future. We are saddened to take this action, but believe a separation is in the best interest of the City. We wish Jose well.”
Mayor Pro Tern Carl Blum encouraged members of the community to not be disheartened saying, “This is a strong community and one that will continue to move forward. The Council will commence an active search for a new permanent City Manager after refocusing on the City’s priorities and assessing the type of leader best suited to guide the City into a new decade of opportunities.” The Council appointed Administrative Services Director Tracey Hause as Acting City Manager until the Council is able to select an Interim City Manager. Councilmembers Yu, Chavez and Vizcarra were supportive of the actions taken and see them as a positive move for the City.