Anaheim city manager asked by council to resign – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM — The man who headed Orange County’s largest city and its $1.7 billion budget has been let go.

The Anaheim City Council met Tuesday in closed session and, on a split 4-3 vote, requested and accepted City Manager Paul Emery’s resignation. Councilmembers Lucille Kring, Kris Murray and Stephen Faessel voted against the resignation. Mayor Tom Tait and Councilmembers Jose Moreno, Denise Barnes and James Vanderbilt voted in favor.

The council then unanimously appointed City Clerk Linda Andal as interim city manager. The council did not discuss how they would search for a new city manager.

Emery, who had served as an interim city manager 16 months prior to being appointed in 2015, made a $290,000-a-year salary. As part of Emery’s contract, his severance will include six months of pay, plus an additional two months the council also approved as part of his resignation.

No reason was given for his resignation. Emery becomes the fourth city manager to resign from the position since 2010.

Since taking over, Emery has operated a balanced $1.7 billion budget. During his tenure, he oversaw the growth of the resort district and Platinum Triangle, along with the expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center.

However, there were signs that the new City Council wanted to move in a new direction.

Tait brought up the public employee resignation, release or dismissal item on the agenda without specifying the employee.

Earlier this year, the council cut Emery’s authority to approve city contracts up to $100,000 to $50,000. Tait previously criticized Emery for not informing him about Anaheim’s deal with Disneyland to extend a moratorium on a gate tax in exchange for Disney to spend up to $1.5 billion in upgrades.

The council in 2015 approved the deal with Disney to extend the moratorium up to 45 years. Disney then announced the construction of a “Star Wars” themed land at Disneyland.

 

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